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Extraordinary Rendition

Rethinking Taxi to the Dark Side: On Torture and the Mystery of Cheney Not Being in Jail

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I can't for the life of me figure out why Dick Cheney is still walking around free and -- even worse -- continues to get airtime so he can spew lies about the utter awesomeness of American torture.

New CIA Docs Detail Brutal "Extraordinary Rendition" Process

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Scott Horton Special to the Huffington Post Deep among the documents released to the ACLU on Monday afternoon was a curious memo dated 30 December...

Target Of Obama-Era Rendition Alleges Torture

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

By Scott Horton Special to the Huffington Post During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama sharply criticized the Bush Administration's extra...

Obama Administration Still Fighting Release of Torture Evidence

The Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This case has dropped a off the radar screen lately, but Bob Egelko at the San Francisco Chronicle today reminds us that the Obama administration is s...

Obama, Europe's New Counter-Terrorism Plans Would Make Another Guantanamo 'Impossible'

The Guardian | Ian Traynor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

European governments and the Obama administration today outlined aims for a new joint regime for combating terrorism. The proposals are based on comm...

Think Again: Sotomayor and SCOTUS: Captured on a Carousel of Time

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

The debate over Sotomayor's "priorities" has shed next to no light on the nominee views or decisions, but has proven awfully revealing about the state of conservatives' collective neuroses.

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.

CIA Rendition Trial In Italy: Judge Asked To Throw Out Case

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Lawyers representing CIA agents accused in Italy of kidnapping a terrorism suspect asked a judge to toss out the trial on Tuesday, after a higher cour...

Will Obama Block Release of Key Bush-era Torture Memos?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

As has been pointed out by journalists, human rights lawyers and critics, President Obama has continued -- and continues to defend -- some of the Bush administration's most repressive "War on Terror" policies.

The New Non-Human Rights Approach

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jack Healey

The seeds of change have been sown and it is time for us as a country to guide our leaders towards an ethical standard for human rights, to step out of the darkness of these last few years.

Who Is Binyam Mohamed, The British Resident Released From Guantanamo?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andy Worthington

I thought it appropriate to relate a few anecdotes that bring Binyam the human being, rather than Binyam the prisoner, to life.

Accountability...and Its Opposite

Elizabeth Goitein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Goitein

Obama has concluded that there are some subjects that we just don't get to know about -- which means there are some areas where the government may break the law with impunity.

What Obama Should Do About State Secrets

Daniel Firger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Firger

If Obama wants to signal that he knows what he's doing on secrecy, he should endorse the State Secrets Protection Act ASAP.

Obama's State Secrets Slipup Means We Need to Be Louder

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah Anthony Libresco

No politician is good enough to be trusted to act justly without constant lobbying and pressure from activists nationwide.

Feingold Slams Obama For Extraordinary Rendition Decision

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Russ Feingold is sharply criticizing the Obama administration over its controversial decision to maintain the Bush administration's position i...

Officials: Obama Will Continue Using Rendition As Counter-Terrorism Tool

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The CIA's secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a win...

Obama's Decisive Break with Bush's "War on Terror" Policies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andy Worthington

Obama's new Orders are a bold start, but more detail is required, dangerous loopholes must be shut off permanently, and other parts of the Bush administration's dark legacy need to be swiftly addressed.

Chaos and Lies: Why Obama Was Right To Halt The Guantanamo Trials

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andy Worthington

In one of his first acts as president, Obama ordered prosecutors in Guantanamo's Military Commission trials to ask for a four-month stay on all proceedings.

Senate Republicans: Did Panetta's Oversee Clinton-Era Extraordinary Rendition?

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama's choice for CIA director, Leon Panetta, served as White House chief of staff during the time the Clinton administration ...

Support John Conyers' Truth Commission

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Are you frustrated by all the "we need to look forward, not backward" language from Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders? Well, now you can do something about it.

Top Intelligence Picks a No-Win for Obama

Tim Shorrock and Frank Naif | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Shorrock and Frank Naif

The Obama transition team's highly anticipated announcement of its new national security lineup has telling omissions: there's no Director of National Intelligence or CIA Director.

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?

Victim of Rendition and Torture Freed from Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

News that three more prisoners have been released from Guantánamo is cause for celebration, as all three men should never have been held in the first...

Those Pesky Activist Judges

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

In a breathtakingly unusual move, a federal appeals court has decided to re-hear the case of the man who has arguably become the poster child for the Bush administration's rendition program.

Bush Goes Looking for Relevance, A Legacy in Asia

Erika Fry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erika Fry

While in Bangkok, Bush plans to meet Burmese activists, which may be his best last chance to reshape a legacy here, now dominated by his outsourcing of US torture to Thailand.