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Torture and the Arc of History

Sen. Angus S. King, Jr. | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Sen. Angus S. King, Jr.

"All men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights..." We may not live this creed every day; surely we have fallen short. But to deliberately betray it, especially for gains which are "unknowable," is a betrayal of our very identity as a nation.

CIA Torture Report: Now Is the Time to Act

Curt Goering | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Curt Goering

Vice President Cheney and other torture proponents and apologists continue to shamefully defend torture and deny it ever happened. Disgusting. It is time to put an end to their baseless and fallacious arguments once and for all.

Ali Watkins

Congress Just Tried To Legislate Against Torture, But Don't Get Too Excited Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Good news, CIA critics: Buried in a tiny provision in the crowded omnibus spending bill that just passed through the Senate is language ...

The Real Dick Cheney "Meet the Press" Interview...

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Below is the original version of the Meet the Press interview before Cheney's people threatened Todd with a very cold, wet death if he didn't destroy it and re-interview him. Thankfully, Kim Jong-un's hackers were able to locate the original and make it public.

America's Day of Shame and Redemption

Bennet Kelley | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

The much delayed release of the report hit the headlines on World Human Rights Day, which commemorates the United Nation's General Assembly adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 (due in no small part to American leadership).

Jennifer Bendery

Dianne Feinstein: No, The CIA Did Not Use Rectal Hydration As 'A Medical Procedure' On Detainees

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wants to clear the record on the CIA's use of rectal hydration as an interrogation technique on post-9/...

The Bogus Defense of 'Enhanced Interrogations'

David Schanzer | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
David Schanzer

The United States cannot lead the world if it condones the use of torture. It is unclear why the patriots who led the U.S. government and the CIA through the trauma of 9/11 and its immediate aftermath fail to recognize this.

Moral Confusion in the War on Terror

Terry Newell | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

How should we rank order the following in terms of their importance in how we want our government to behave: morally; legally, constitutionally, effectively? Of course, we want all these things, but when push comes to shove, as it does for an individual government worker in the CIA, a government agency, and a nation, what matters most?

Welcome Home! Amidst Torture and 'Man's Inhumanity to Man'

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Advent reminds us we once welcomed Jesus home to earth, and it didn't go so well. Humanity messed up. We're still messing up. To become human is to risk two things: to risk being inhumane to others, or to risk being treated inhumanely.

Ali Watkins

Senator On Intelligence Committee: Torture Program Was Not Dick Cheney's Doing

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Senate Intelligence Committee conducting a full frontal assault against the CIA about the agency's use of torture in the post 9...

The Tortured Logic of Bush and Cheney

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With torture we get the worst of both worlds: We gather no useful intelligence and we undermine our reputation as a democratic government of principles.

Ali Watkins

Senate Report Says Torture Program Was More Gruesome, Widespread Than CIA Claimed

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the highly anticipated 500-page summary of its report on the CIA’s post-9/11 tor...

Checks and Balances Ensure Transparency on Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

On Constitution Day, let us remember that our American government was designed to put checks on the power of individuals in government who might slip out of control and begin making their own rules. The use of torture and cruelty was authorized by a handful of officials who believed they were exempt from oversight or review.

How Do We Torture? Let Them Count the Ways...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

That Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques was supposed to be released by now. But some people would rather keep the details to themselves.

Guantanamo Detainee Seeks Release Of Classified Senate Interrogation Report

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A Guantanamo detainee accused of orchestrating the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole asked a military judge Wednesday to order the...

Sen. Diane Feinstein Bears the Wrath of Ex-CIA Officials

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Feinstein and her fellow Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee thought their war over "enhanced interrogation techniques" won, they woke up to a rude awakening on Sunday morning, when CIA veterans and defenders of the EIT program jumped at the chance to offer their own rebuttals.

Eric Holder Calls For Release Of 'As Much As Possible' Of CIA Torture Report

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder called Tuesday for the release of "as much as possible" of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture, mak...

Why Pres. Obama Should Have Prosecuted the Bush Administration for War Crimes -- and Still Can (By Other Means)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Engaging in counterfactual, what-if history can be uselessly speculative, but here are three demonstrable ways the Obama administration -- and America too -- have been hurt by not prosecuting Bush officials for the crimes of torture and fraudulent war.

Matt Sledge

Human Rights Advocates Call For Release Of Senate Torture Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

Human rights advocates called Tuesday for the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture now caught in the middle of a dispute o...

I Spy

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Senator Feinstein had harsh words for what the CIA was doing-the same kind of words used by citizens to describe the activities of the NSA when they learned of its spying on citizens and the likes of Germany's Angela Merkel and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senators Okay With Spying On Citizens, But Outraged It Happened To Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a staunch defender of government surveillance of ordinary citizens, took to the Senate floor Tuesday w...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Lawmakers Want To Investigate CIA For Allegedly Spying On Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) bombshell charge that the CIA may have broken the law to spy on Congress is sparking calls from sever...

Michael McAuliff

Dianne Feinstein Says CIA May Have Broken The Law To Spy On Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) delivered a devastating broadside against the CIA Tuesday, alleging that the agency was trying to intim...

Matt Sledge

CIA Director Grilled On Domestic Surveillance, Torture At Senate Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

Three senators pummeled CIA Director John Brennan at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday, peppering him with tough questions on torture ...

Torture Doesn't Work. Law Does Work. Why Keep That Secret?!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Most Americans do not know that their government engaged in practices that the civilized world considers war crimes. This lack of awareness is due, in part, to the fact that a comprehensive report of over 6000 pages on this topic compiled by investigators at a cost of $40 million remains classified and hidden away.