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Enhanced Interrogations

Holder To GOP: I Won't Prosecute "Enhanced Interrogations"

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's choice to run the Justice Department has assured senior Republican senators that he won't prosecute CIA officers or political appoin...

Clint and Cheney: a Tale of Two Dicks

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The VP and Eastwood's character are both gruff, prickly, taciturn, sandpaper-voiced men, given to conservative views, macho posturing, and a narrow view of right and wrong. And they both always seem on the verge of telling people around them to go f**k themselves. Read More Will The Madoff Debacle Finally End The "Who Could Have Known?" Era? Iraq. Fannie Mae. Citigroup. Bernie Madoff. When you look at the elements that were crucial to the creation of each of these debacles, it's amazing how much in common they all have. And not just in how they began but in how they ended: with those responsible being amazed at what happened, because...who could have known? Read More Watch: Arianna Talks New Media and Politics with Ashton Kutcher

Former US Interrogator: Torture Policy Has Killed Thousands Of US Soldiers

AlterNet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Amy Goodman: Writing under the pseudonym Matthew Alexander, a former special intelligence operations officer, who led an interrogations team in Iraq t...

Torture Plagiarism

David Misch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Misch

It's one thing to use Chinese toys to bring our children's lead-paint intake up to FDA standards but should we really subject our precious national torture resources to Chinese influence?

"Top Cover"

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

A government that makes peace more profitable than war is one that provides the leadership needed to move us from a state of continual peril.

Just What This Heartsick American Needed: A Republican Beacon for Civil Liberties

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

A Republican almost made me burst into tears. In a good way. Gov. Kean's specifics are a reminder of how much is at stake now and of how bad things have been since 9/11.

No Soup For Yoo: Our Right to Refuse Service to the Constitution's Torturers

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

Reading The Dark Side, as I just have, forces a stomach-turning, jaw-clenching reckoning with Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, CIA kidnappings, secret prisons, waterboarding, and a shameful list of other soul-shattering abuses.

Torture Loophole: 'Water Treatment' Versus Waterboarding

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In February, CIA Director Michael Hayden confirmed that his agency used waterboarding on three al Qaeda suspects. But revelations from a former detain...

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...

Inside The CIA's Black Sites: One Detainee Reports

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Yemeni man has described being held for nearly three years in secret CIA prisons, or "black sites", around the world and accused the US of torture. ...

FBI Team Reinterrogated CIA Suspects To Get "Clean" Intel

Washington Post | Josh White, Dan Eggen and Joby Warrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Bush administration announced yesterday that it intends to bring capital murder charges against half a dozen men allegedly linked to the Sept. 11,...

Scalia: "Absurd" To Say The Government Can't "Smack" A Suspect

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today in an interview with BBC Radio's Law in Action, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defended torture, claiming that it is not necessarily ...

Bush Nominates Torture Advocate To Senior Justice Post

NY Times | PHILIP SHENON and ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Justice Department lawyer who wrote a series of classified legal opinions in 2005 authorizing harsh C.I.A. interrogation techniques was renominate...

Former Spy Chief Confirms US Did Waterboard Detainees

Reuters | Randall Mikkelsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The United States used waterboarding in terrorism interrogations but no longer does, a former U.S. spy chief said in the Bush administration's most ex...

Judge On CIA Tapes: "It Boggles The Mind"

TPMmuckraker | Paul Kiel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There are good days in court, and there are bad days in court. From The New York Times: "I'm asked to believe that actual motion pictures, videotapes...

Will Thomas

Congressman Calls For Special Counsel Over CIA Tapes | Will Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Someone call Patrick Fitzgerald. Today Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) sent a letter to Attorney General Mukasey requesting the immediate appointment of a speci...

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...

White House Goes Silent On Destroyed CIA Tapes

CBS News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Congress seeks answers about why the CIA destroyed tapes of terror suspects under interrogation, White House lawyers have advised President Bush's ...

Detainee Lawyer Claims Has CIA Pictures of Guantanamo Torture

The Independent | Robert Verkaik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lawyers for a British resident who the US government refuses to release from Guantanamo Bay have identified the existence of photographs taken by CIA ...

CIA Director To Testify About Destroyed Videotapes

Associated Press | Pamela Hess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden faces two days of testimony behind closed doors at the Senate and House intelligence committees to answer questions a...

Ashcroft On Waterboading: 'It's Not Something I Can Make A Decision On'

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last night, John Ashcroft delivered an address on the Cornell University campus "in the face of shouting dissenters and shrouded protesters." At his l...

Huckabee, Dems To Meet With Retired Officers On Torture

The Hill | Roxana Tiron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee so far is the only Republican presidential candidate scheduled to meet in Iowa with a group of retired generals and...