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Obama To Set Higher Bar For Keeping State Secrets | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce a new policy Wednesday making it much more difficult for the government to claim that it is protecting state se...

Is Bagram Obama's New Secret Prison?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Obama administration is following Bush's lead by unilaterally rewriting the Geneva Conventions, presumably to allow it to continue exploiting prisoners of war for their supposed intelligence value.

Bush White House Sought to Soften Treaty On 'Enforced Disappearances'

Washington Post | R. Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

From 2003 to 2006, the Bush administration quietly tried to relax the draft language of a treaty meant to bar and punish "enforced disappearances" so ...

Hypocrisy Alert: Cheney Relies on the Objectivity of the Justice Department to Defend Torture

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

The gall of Cheney's statements is that he was a key part of the administration that deconstructed the objectivity of the Justice Department, which he now relies on to defend the use of torture.

Bush's Third Term? You're Living It

David Swanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Swanson

Here's the funny part. This dark fantasy of a third Bush term is also an accurate portrait of Obama's first term to date.

An Obama Rendition Scenario

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

Obama recently ratified continuation of the U.S. rendition policy. Amazingly, I just received a recording from the near-future of an interrogation conducted under the new kinder, gentler rules. Let's listen in.

Why Rendition?

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

The president should be challenged. His campaign words on torture are empty, rendered meaningless with his "new" policy on rendition.

"We're Going to Kill Your Children": The CIA Inspector General's Report

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

A.G. Holder's appointment of John Durham to investigate this sordid episode should be only the first step in a wholesale reevaluation of American national security priorities in the post-9-11 world.

Bagram Isn't The New Guantanamo, It's The Old Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

From what I have been able to gather about the workings of Bagram, I have no reason to conclude that the prison is now being run according to the Geneva Conventions.

Target Of Obama-Era Rendition Alleges Torture

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

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

Liz Cheney: Wrong on National Security, Wrong About Our President

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Liz Cheney charges that Obama's arms control negotiations in Moscow make us weaker. This is a clear indication of someone who clearly missed the freight train of history over the past two decades.

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

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

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...

The New Non-Human Rights Approach

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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.

UN Condemns Britain's Role In US Torture Cases

The Independent | By Robert Verkaik, Law Editor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Britain was condemned last night for its complicity in the American programme of rendition and alleged torture of hundreds of terror suspects, in a hi...

Obama's Defense Budget Cut: A Step in the Right Direction

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

The United States can strengthen its security much more effectively by reallocating billions of dollars of defense spending towards other initiatives.

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.

CIA: The Panetta Pick and the Feinstein Factor

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Feinstein's call for the appointment of a CIA director who can be linked to the practices Obama has made clear must end demonstrates how out of touch she is on intelligence.

Doing the Right Thing in Somalia

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Frankie Martin

An international stabilization force may well be what is needed in Somalia, but the tough groundwork will have to be laid first. And for this, the Somali people must be on board.

Marching Toward Justice on the 217th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

When our nation's founders ratified the Bill of Rights 217 years ago today, they knew that justice could not be served in secret, and that punishment doled out in the shadows inexorably leads to illegitimacy.

President Elect Obama: Denounce and Renounce

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

This question needs to be asked of the president-elect: do you plan to denounce and renounce these extra-Constitutional ways of doing business, and the illegal policies that resulted, before you take office?

John McCain, Sarah Palin, and "Rights"

Kit Gallant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kit Gallant

Governor Sarah Palin's acceptance speech was the best horror movie I've seen in a long time. I came to this realization after Palin exclaimed that, "A...

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.

And War Crimes for All....

Larisa Alexandrovna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larisa Alexandrovna

Read this incredible article by Warren Strobel of McClatchy Newspapers 'The U.S. military hid the locations of suspected terrorist detainees and conc...

Congressional Leaders Briefed On CIA Waterboarding In 2002

Washington Post | Joby Warrick and Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent t...

Key False Iraq Intel Was Obtained By Burying Prisoner Alive

ABC News | Stephen Grey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sometimes the music was American rap, sometimes Arab folk songs. In the CIA prison in Afghanistan, it came blaring through the speakers 24 hours a day...