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Congressman Jim Moran on Torture and Accountability

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Congressman Moran: Those who are culpable need to be judged by their peers and I think we need to put in place some kinds of structures to ensure that we never repeat our mistakes.

UN Gets Israeli Cluster Bomb Map For Lebanon: 1 In 4 Undetonated

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Israel has handed over details of where it dropped cluster bombs in Lebanon during the war in 2006, UN peacekeeping forces have confirmed....

Obama's First 100 Days: A Start On Guantanamo, But Not Enough

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Just Binyam Mohamed and the Yemeni doctor, Ayman Batarfi have been cleared for release. At this rate, of course, it will take decades to close Guantánamo.

Something Bigger Than Phil: An Agnostic Looks Up During the Swine Flu Outbreak

Elissa Altman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elissa Altman

A few weeks ago, my partner and I were watching The Ten Commandments, as we always do during the Passover holiday. It's a fabulous bit of spectacle, i...

Torture Makes My Head Hurt

Dave Hackel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Hackel

I'm very confused about the whole torture situation and the duality of the arguments is giving me a headache.

Watergate, Prosecuted. Why Not Water(boarding)gate?

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The mess Nixon left Ford -- inflation and recession, a war winding down -- didn't preclude pursuing the larger Watergate affair, and the regime that gave rise to it. What makes waterboarding different?

Commission on Accountability Should Be Part of Our Response to America's Torture Nightmare

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

We need something like a truth commission in this country to explore how and why America became a nation that embraced torture at the highest levels of political office.

Investigating Bush-Cheney Torture Policies "By the Book"

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It would be betrayal of the sacrifices of Americans like my grandfather to selectively prosecute the low-level offenders at Abu Ghraib and ignore the policy makers who set the violations of the Geneva Convention in motion.

Will Obama Prosecute the Captured Somali 'Pirate' in a US Court?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

What would a "pirate" defense actually look like? Remember, some Somalis -- and other international observers -- do not exactly see the "pirates" as being 100% unjustified in their actions.

Guantanamo's Long-Term Hunger Striker Should Be Sent Home

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Ahmed Zuhair, a 35-year old Saudi prisoner at Guantánamo -- and a father of ten -- has been on a hunger strike since June 2005, at the start of a fra...

Guantanamo Meets Geneva Rules: Pentagon

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Pentagon report requested by President Obama on the conditions at the Guantánamo Bay detention center concludes that the prison complies with the h...

Unspeakable Abuse at Gitmo -- We Need the Names of These "Medical Personnel"

Larisa Alexandrovna | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larisa Alexandrovna

The medical staff at Gitmo who engaged in torture of detainees all violated their oath and should have their medical licenses revoked. I want names.

There is No "Z" in Blackwater

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

Mercenaries are a fact of life, as is marketing. Changing your name does not change what you have done, but changing the Commander In Chief can lead to new restrictions.

Who's Running Guantanamo?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

On January 20, the answer to that question seemed obvious. However, on January 29, the Commissions' recently appointed chief judge provided the first challenge to the president's plans.

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

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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.

Obama on Torture: Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

This answer tracks the language of many torture apologists (and advocates) in Washington, who posit a choice between protecting the country today and second-guessing the past.

Seven Years of Guantanamo, Seven Years of Torture and Lies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Seven years later, it should be abundantly clear that none of the defenders of Guantanamo who indulged in hysterical rhetoric had any idea what they were talking about.

Mitchell Bard is Wrong On Israel

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Cohen

Hamas did not start this conflict. Here's an extensive time line of events, making clear that Israel broke the ceasefire, not Hamas.

Did Israel Use Disproportionate Force?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lionel Beehner

The tide of public opinion seems to invariably side with the underdog, regardless of who's to blame. Hence, Israel now finds itself in the awkward yet familiar position of defending its actions.

A Hundred Eyes for an Eye

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Norman Solomon

Routinely, the politicians and pundits of Washington can't summon minimal decency in themselves or each other on the subject of Israel and Palestinians.

The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Part One)

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Cheney's version of the truth on interrogations does not stand up to scrutiny, and features ten lies that should not be allowed to pass without further comment and analysis.

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

From Guantanamo to Accountability and Beyond

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

President-elect Obama made known his intention to close the Guantanamo detention facility. The projected closure raises a plethora of issues.

Bush: On the Line

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

President Bush and his henchmen are working overtime to ensure that the full extent of damage inflicted upon detainees never sees the light of day.

Why Guantanamo Must Be Closed: Advice for Barack Obama

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

In an attempt to separate fact from fiction, I'd like to offer my advice, based on the three years I have spent studying Guantanamo in unprecedented detail.