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Ashcroft v. al-Kidd: Immunity for the Shameless?

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

Who is responsible for implementing the policies that led Kansas-born Abdullah al-Kidd to be detained under false pretenses for 16 days, without being charged for a crime?

The McLaughlin Group: It's the "Professional Left's" Fault

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

When Obama's agenda began to peter out under the weight of Republican obstructionism and his own tendency to play it safe, it was the Democratic base that worked the hardest trying to prevent him from falling.

Beyond Politics, Beyond Guantanamo: 9/11 Trials Should Not be Construed as a Partisan Issue

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

It is simply wrong to believe that national security issues pit Democrats against Republicans, conservatives against progressives, or even, as one recent blog described it, some conservatives against other conservatives.

CPAC: The Right Wing Olympics

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

The more Americans know the truth about those being showcased at CPAC, the more they might think twice before being taken in by their focus group driven campaign commercials and casting their votes this fall.

Lindsey Graham, Meet Alberto Gonzales

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Earlier today, former Attorney General John Ashcroft admitted at a Conservative Political Action Conference that civilian trials for terrorists have "...

Sam Stein

John Ashcroft: Civilian Trials For Terrorists Have 'Use And Utility' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an acknowledgment that throws a wrench in Republican talking points, former Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Friday that the criminal justice...

Ryan Grim

Ashcroft: 'When You Have A Person In The Criminal Justice System, You Mirandize Them' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Friday that he had a very straightforward policy on when and whether to read Miranda Rights to people ca...

The KSM Trial And Republican Attacks

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

For many Republicans, none more so than Rudy Giuliani, the KSM trial is merely an opportunity to get some media attention and take a cheap shot at the president.

Who's the CML Champ, Cheney or Gonzales?

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Nobody listens to Alberto Gonzales in large part because, putting it charitably, he was not merely an unprincipled attorney general but an uninspired one. Of course, we also tune him out because we can't be sure he's telling the truth.

TSA Policy Has Echoes Of John Ashcroft

Politico | Josh Gerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.S. Government's announcement Sunday that it would impose stricter airport security on citizens of 14 "nations that are state sponsors of terrori...

Ridge: Take That Untrustworthy Jacket Off My Trustworthy Book!

Talking Points Memo | Ben Frumin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's backpedaling book tour continues! As we've reported, Ridge's new book, The Test of Our Times: America ...

FLASHBACK: Ted Kennedy Vs. John Ashcroft (VIDEO)

Attackerman | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As we dig through the latest rounds of torture disclosures, it's instructive to remember a moment from June of 2004. In the aftermath of the Abu Ghrai...

Johnny, Tommy, Rummy, and Ash

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Van Ostrand

It seems every politician with a book and a real or imagined hot topic is hawking his or her too-little-too-late book on cable and network news shows.

Ridge Says Bushies Exploited Terror Threats for Political Purposes. No S**t, Sherlock

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The Ridge revelation is a huge story, but not a surprising one. Anyone with half a brain knew that the Bushies waged their own terror campaign for political advantage leading up to the 2004 election.

Is Now the Right Time for Immigration Reform? Chuck Schumer, the Sensenbrenner in Liberal's Clothes

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

The Schumer mandate for the undocumented to register within a short period of time, or else be permanently barred from becoming U.S. residents, is a prime example of the law run amok.

Jason Linkins

Bush Sent Gonzales To The Hospital (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Man, you turn Marcy Wheeler loose on an IG report, and her eye just seeks heat. Today, Wheeler's getting praise for catching this detail in the uncla...

Where Are They Now?

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

While times are tough for most Americans, one group is doing remarkably well. For former members of the Bush administration, the economic outlook remains bright and jobs are seemingly plentiful.

Marcus Baram

Newly Declassified Report Reveals More Details About Lack Of Pre-9/11 Info-Sharing By FBI, CIA, NSA | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A newly-declassified report prepared for the 9/11 Commission sheds more light on who was responsible for the lack of information sharing between U.S. ...

Decanting the Truth

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

In a press interview regarding the Iraq war, Vice-President Dick Cheney was asked "Over 70 percent of Americans disagree with this war, what is your r...

Supreme Court Detainee Decision May Not Block Suits Against Top Officials

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In denying the right of a Muslim Pakistani immigrant to sue former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI director Robert Mueller for his prolonged im...

Seven and Half Months--Seven and a Half Years

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The slimy bastards of the Bush Administration contributed to the deaths of more Americans at the hands of a foreign power than any President in the history of the United States.

Gonzales, Ashcroft Speak On Torture: "Not Here To Apologize"

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The New York Times reported Monday that Bush administration officials were far more deeply divided over interrogation policy than had been previously ...

Ten Ways to Bring the Bush Administration's Torture Ten to Justice (and One Way to Avoid)

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

It is worrisome that even the most outraged of our leaders inside the beltway are calling only for the familiar bipartisan truth commission to "investigate."

Torture Finally Broke Them

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

The truth is long overdue. We as a nation need to recognize that the tactic of coercing information does not work.

Who Authorized The Torture of Abu Zubaydah?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

For the defendants of the use of torture by U.S. forces -- still led by former Vice President Dick Cheney -- this has been a rocky few weeks.