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In President Obama's Second Term, Accountability for Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Curt Goering

President Obama can again show the world that the United States is committed to living up to our standards by thoroughly investigating and making public all reports of torture and cruel treatment and by holding accountable those responsible for the abuse.

Torture and Zero Dark Thirty

David Bromwich | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
David Bromwich

The answers given by Bigelow and Boal to justify the normalizing of torture in Zero Dark Thirty have been vain, wheedling, and dodgy. They are a clever pair of filmmakers, without political or moral depth, but here, perhaps more than they realized, they were playing with fire.

'Zero Sum Dark Thirty': Stop the Torture

Rabbi Jennifer Krause | Posted 03.18.2013 | Entertainment
Rabbi Jennifer Krause

This widespread inability to see anything in the film but the subject of torture blinds us to the greater complexities it brings to the big screen and, as a result, to the question it raises in the big picture of American life after catching our breath from the chase the film depicts.

A Different Take on Torture and Zero Dark Thirty

Pammela Saunders | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Pammela Saunders

Zero Dark Thirty is a film about torture and its impacts. But those claiming that these were bad choices that could have been avoided without undermining the story of the hunt for bin Laden miss the point.

Zero Dark Thirty's Disturbing Flirt With Evil

Marina Nemat | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Marina Nemat

The movie Zero Dark Thirty opens with a torture seen, which is not unlike what I went through in Evin Prison in Tehran in 1982.

ReThink Review: Zero Dark Thirty - Yes, It Endorses Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty works as a crime procedural, but its irresponsible, destructive, dishonest stance on torture absolutely ruined it for me, and I feel Zero Dark Thirty should not be on any best-of-the-year lists, nor is it deserving of Oscar consideration.

Should Oscar Go To Pro-Torture 'Zero Dark Thirty'?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

While I would certainly have opposed any governmental attempt to prohibit its release, it is shameful that "Zero Dark Thirty" was even considered for an Oscar -- an award, an honor, a celebration.

Learning to Love Torture, Zero Dark Thirty-Style

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

11 years to the day after the Bush administration opened its notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay, Zero Dark Thirty opens nationwide. The filmmakers and distributors are evidently ignorant of the significance of the date -- a perfect indication of the carelessness and thoughtlessness of the film.

Obama's Cheney? "Assassination Czar" John Brennan Brings Legacy of Drone War and Torture to CIA Nod

Democracy Now! | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Dubbed the assassination czar, presumptive CIA nominee John Brennan has played a key role backing some of the nation's most controversial post-9/11 po...

Zero Dark Thirty -- Torture Is the American Way?

Glenn L. Carle | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Glenn L. Carle

Understand this, from someone who had some involvement in our "enhanced interrogation" program. Torture does not work; it makes it harder to evaluate what detainees say, and more suspect. It is unnecessary, it is counterproductive, it is illegal, and it is immoral.

CIA Debunks 'Hollywood Myths'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

After publicly criticizing "Zero Dark Thirty" -- the film by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden -- ...

Does Torture Work? Wrong Question!

Vincent Warren | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Vincent Warren

The premier this week of the movie Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden, has touched off a national debate about the appropriateness of torture. Alarmingly, the conversation has revolved around when to torture, rather than whether to torture.

Emily Swanson

Torture Can Be Justified, Americans Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics

On the heels of a Senate Intelligence Committee report rebuking the CIA for the use of torture in the fight against terrorism, and in the wake of a ne...

An Auspicious Day

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Whether the movie actually implies that torture led to bin Laden, or whether, as the filmmakers suggest, that idea is completely outlandish, it is true that a significant portion of the public continues to believe that torture is effective.

Michael McAuliff

'Zero Dark Thirty' Tortures Truth, Top Senators Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The portrayal of torture leading to the U.S. killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in the new movie "Zero Dark Thirty" is bogus, t...

Does 'Zero Dark Thirty' Endorse Torture? Filmmakers Say No

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were knee-deep in preparing the follow-up to their Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," a film that would c...

Why Bradley Manning Should Be Free (VIDEO)

Dennis Trainor | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

History is filled with examples of brave individuals who have broken the law to serve the greater good of humanity. In other words, whistle blowers ex...

Two Years of Cablegate as Bradley Manning Testifies for the First Time

Julian Assange | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
Julian Assange

The information WikiLeaks has disclosed frustrates the controlled political discourse that is trumpeted by establishment media and Western governments to shape public perception. We will continue our fight against the financial blockade, and we will continue to publish.

Torture Again?! Romney Advisers Say Yes; Religious Communities Say NO

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The NY Times recently reported that some advisers of presidential candidate Mitt Romney urged him to reverse the Obama Administration's ban on the use of torture. I'm writing to urge that we join in calling on Mr. Romney to explicitly and publicly reject that advice.

The Persecution of John Kiriakou

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Here is what military briefers like to call BLUF, the Bottom Line Up Front: no one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America's torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn't torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it.

The NYT Got It Right: Torturers Must Be Held Accountable

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The Attorney General closed his statement last week by arguing that the investigation "was not intended to, and does not resolve, broader questions regarding the propriety of examined conduct." When will the propriety of that conduct be examined? And who will be held responsible for these acts?

Gov. Closes CIA Interrogations Investigation Without Bringing Charges

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 10.30.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Thursday it has ended its investigation into CIA interrogations of terrorist detainees without bri...

"Reformed" Gitmo Military Commissions Don't Live Up to the Hype

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.23.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

No matter how honorable each of those U.S. servicemembers are, the fact remains: the deck is, or at least appears to be, stacked high against the defendants. And that affects the legitimacy of not only the ultimate outcome of the case, but of every judicial ruling before and during the trial.

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.

Max J. Rosenthal

Bush's CIA Director Hoped For 'Aw, Sh*t!' Moment

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2008 campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama railed against the intelligence programs implemented under President George W. Bush and...