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Obama Torture

Sam Stein

Lawmakers: Congress Will Investigate Torture, Bipartisan Support In Place | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The central debate dominating discussions of a possible investigation into torture by the Bush administration seems to have shifted sharply in the pas...

Does Torture Work?

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

As a country, we need to emerge from this debate having placed the argument that "torture works" outside of the boundaries of acceptable political discourse once and for all.

Refuting the Self-Fulfilling Torture Prophecy: A Response to Hayden and Mukasey

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Not torturing prisoners is one of our nation's proudest traditions, one of the features that define us. Yet, the men who served as CIA Director and Attorney General still believe in these techniques.

Sam Stein

Press Reduces Torture Investigations Into Partisan Warfare | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

News that President Obama is open to having an independent commission investigate the use of torture during the Bush years is undoubtedly the story of...

Bye Bye Bybee

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

No matter how horrified we may be by the actions of Jay S. Bybee, John Yoo & Company, it is too convenient to distance ourselves from what they did by explaining it away as Rovian evil.

Obama Pardons Madoff

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The message that Obama sends by refusing to even consider prosecuting CIA officers who may have committed war crimes, is that in the future, government officials can commit similar acts with impunity.

Brennan Keeping Obama Admin From Releasing Torture Docs

Harpers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel was slated to release four closely guarded mem...

Basic Algebra: What Will the Verdict Be?

John Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Cusack

Try them, and let a jury decide. We know ours is not a nation of cowards. What will our leaders do?

Guantanamo Abuse Worse Since Obama: Detainee Lawyer

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has worsened sharply since President Barack Obama took office as prison guards "get their kicks in" before the ca...

Leahy Lays Out Case For Truth Commission In Time

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More than 30 years ago, a special Senate investigation peered into abuses that included spying on the American people by their own government. The fi...

The Beginning of the End?

Gabriel London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel London

With prisons running at just under double capacity for the last decade, judges have ruled that California has been unable to meet the health and mental care needs of its whopping 157,000 inmates.

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.

DOD Gitmo Statements At Odds With Obama Administration

Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here's a key question: Will the existence of Bush-era holdovers in the Defense Department impede the Obama administration's vow to make a clean break ...

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...

Obama Maintains Bush Position on 'Extraordinary Rendition' Lawsuit

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama Administration today announced that it would keep the same position as the Bush Administration in the lawsuit Mohamed et al v Jeppesen Datap...

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...

Torture Case Tests Obama's Secrecy Policy

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's sweeping reversals of torture and state secret policies are about to face an early test. After Obama issued an executive order and ...

Judge Gives Obama Time To Weigh In On Detainees

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has decided to give the Obama administration time to weigh in on some of the legal cases brought by terror detainee...

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.

Gone-tanamo Bay: the Right Decision

Rep. John Murtha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. John Murtha

The problem with Guantanamo was never about its bricks and mortar. The problem with Guantanamo is that its very existence stains and defies the moral fiber of our great nation.

Ex-CIA Official: Torture Ban A "Great Leap Forward"

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama took a major step toward undoing the interrogation and detention policies of the Bush administration on Thursday, issuing four ...

Sam Stein

Obama Signs Executive Order To Close Guantanamo Bay | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration called on Thursday for the closure of Guantanamo Bay within the next year. The move will be greeted with widespread approval ...

Obama's Guantánamo Mistake: He's Not Closing Gitmo the Right Way

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brandt Goldstein

Obama has issued an executive order to shut down the prison. That alone is not enough. An executive order can be changed -- easily.

Sam Stein

Obama Official: Closing Gitmo Won't Be Easy | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a briefing with a senior White House official on the topic of closing of Guantanamo Bay, one gets the sense that the process will be far more compl...

The Right's New Stab in the Back Myth

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

The right is preparing a new stab-in-the-back legend to paint the Obama administration as consisting of a bunch of cowardly liberals unable to stand up to terrorism.