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Even John Yoo Thinks Trump Is Wrong About Waterboarding

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

Watch the latest video at It's no secret that Donald Trump is a fan of waterboarding. He's said multiple times, as recently as...

John Yoo Finally Finds Some Unlimited Executive Power He Doesn't Like

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics

When it comes to enthusiasts of unaccountable presidential power, it's generally hard to find anyone more willing to shake the pompoms for an unrestra...

Real Democracy Promotion: Lord Acton and Tom Clancy vs John Yoo

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.29.2016 | World
Coleen Rowley

With its omnipresent surveillance, the U.S. government began aggressively targeting and prosecuting whistleblowers and other sources, putting renowned journalists and publishers worldwide directly or incidentally in their surveillance crosshairs.

How Guantanamo Was Chosen

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Jan Honigsberg

However, the process that led to the selection of Guantanamo Bay to house detainees has not been publicly known. The Witness to Guantanamo project recently learned of the process through its interview of Pierre Prosper, Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues.

Disbar the Judge and the Lawyers

Martin Garbus | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Martin Garbus

Even if we will not prosecute Cheney and the CIA, we should disbar and suspend Alberto Gonzales, who is in private practice, Jay Bybee who is now a federal appeals court judge and John Yoo who is a law professor at UC Berkeley.

NYT: Prosecute The Torturers

The New York Times | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official ...

Even Torture Memo Author John Yoo Thinks Rectal Feeding Was Illegal

Reuters | Andy Sullivan | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - As former Vice President Dick Cheney argued on Sunday that the CIA's aggressive interrogation of terrorism suspects d...

US Needs to Explain Decision Not to Prosecute Torturers

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

If US officials tortured people, and we know torture is, was and always has been illegal, why isn't the government prosecuting them? Maybe there's some complicated legal reason that isn't obvious to most of us why the evidence wouldn't hold up in court. If so, it's in the government's interest to explain what that is.

If the British Can Stop Their Government From Waging War in Syria, Why Can't We?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The British parliament's vote against going along with the United States' attack on Syria is a direct result of that country's attempts to come to terms with the lies of the Iraq War.

Iraq: A Ten-Year Anniversary We'd Rather Forget

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Ten years ago our "leaders" in the government, the corporate media, and the "national security" establishment assured us that invading Iraq was in our national interest.

A Response to Kathryn Bigelow's Latest Statement on Zero Dark Thirty and Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.19.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty ignores the fact that America's torture program inspired anti-U.S. sentiment around the world, causing many to vow revenge on the U.S. and its allies.

'Torture Memo' Author Accuses Obama Of Violating Constitution

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

John Yoo, the George W. Bush-era Justice Department lawyer who penned so-called "Torture memos" authorizing controversial interrogation techniques, ac...

Should You Trust Academic Celebrities?

Thomas David DuBois | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Thomas David DuBois

The first thing to understand about academic celebrities is that the role they play in public life is very different from what they do professionally.

President Obama and Torture: Where Is the Accountability?

Pamela Merchant | Posted 10.02.2012 | DC
Pamela Merchant

The United States cannot be a safe haven for those who torture -- whether they come from outside our borders or from within.

Obama's Dream and the Right's Crocodile Tears

Doug Kendall | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Do folks like Marco Rubio, Michele Bachmann, war-on-terror architect John Yoo, and columnist Charles Krauthammer really believe the Constitution means one thing when a Republican is in the White House, and something entirely different when the President is a Democrat?

Where Did All the Liberal Civil Liberties Advocates Go?

Noah Baron | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Noah Baron

If civil liberties mean anything to liberals, we need to start criticizing violations of those civil liberties regardless of who perpetrates them -- and that criticism must be done with the same urgency as always.

A Rainy Day in D.C., Marching to Close Guantanamo

Coleen Rowley | Posted 03.18.2012 | DC
Coleen Rowley

It's now 10 years after the indefinite detention prison of Guantanamo was created. With the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act broadening, the U.S. government seems to have given up on ever righting itself.

Al-Qaeda and John Yoo: Concerns and a Qualified Endorsement We Can Do Without

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.12.2011 | World
Dorian de Wind

Yoo, the mastermind of the infamous "torture memos" that provided "legal" justification for torture in the form of waterboarding, has now expressed his qualified support for the killing of al-Awlaki.

Ten Years After: Commemoration Without Agenda

Michael Roth | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

On this 10th anniversary of 9/11 let us simply acknowledge the claim that our painful memories still have on us. Let us recognize with piety that we still carry the traces of those traumatic events with us, and that we acknowledge their importance to us without trying to use them.

Dan Froomkin

Is Torture In America's Future As Well As In Our Country's Past? | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics

The Fourth of July is a joyous celebration of the United States' independence. And yet this country finds itself turning 235 at a morally precarious m...

The Fallacies of the Torture Debate

Craig Martin | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Craig Martin

In the famous ticking time bomb hypothetical, it is moral to torture one person in order to save the lives of thousands, that the right to life trumps the right to physical integrity and security. This is a false construct.

Why Bin Laden's Killing Is No Case For Torture

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Justice was served by bin Laden's death. But the Bush administration policy of torture deserves no credit. Never again should Washington, like Esau, sacrifice America's fundamental values for a mess of pottage.

Republicans On Torture, Post-Osama Bin Laden: Defending Against Prosecution?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

In these days since President Barack Obama announced that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, notice how quickly Re...

Why I'm Glad That Torture Works

Bruce Ledewitz | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics
Bruce Ledewitz

Why did the torture debate in recent years fail to engage fundamental morality? Why hasn't John Yoo's amorality banished him years ago from any voice in public debate?

Dan Froomkin

Torture May Have Slowed Hunt For Bin Laden, Not Hastened It | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

Torture apologists are reaching precisely the wrong conclusion from the back-story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, say experienced interrogators and ...