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Torture Memo

Laura Bassett

Justice Department Urged To Investigate Missing Emails | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A government watchdog organization has asked the Department of Justice to investigate the missing emails of two former high-ranking officials involved...

If Only the Torture Memos Were a Game Show

Allen Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen Keller

The DOJ report demonstrates the crucial need for a more full and comprehensive investigation. Until then, the rules of this particular reality game show remain tragically, and dangerously flawed.

Torture Report From 2004 Released by CIA (Help Read Through It)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA has been forced by the ACLU to release its report on Bush-era interrogation operations written by former...

Sam Stein

IG Report: Waterboarding Was Neither "Efficacious Or Medically Safe" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A CIA inspector general's report from May 2004 that is set to be declassified by the Obama White House will almost certainly disprove claims that wate...

Torture Memos Spur Intense Debate In Obama Inner Circle

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama met with top advisers on the evening of April 15, he faced one of the sharpest policy divides of his young administration....

Abu Ghraib Head: Bush Administration Scapegoated Us

CBS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, who ran Iraq prisons in 2003, including the notorious Abu Ghraib prison was insistent that all orders on interrogat...

Ryan Grim

Leahy: If Bybee Is "Decent And Honorable" He'll Resign | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Monday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), rejected calls for the impeachment of federal judge and torture memo author Jay Bybee, saying that he was "one o...

Ryan Grim

Nadler: Impeach Torture Memo Author | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Jerry Nadler, a senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, called Monday for the impeachment of federal judge Jay Bybee, one of the princi...

Sam Stein

Jay Bybee: NYT Calls For Impeachment Of Torture Memo Author | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sunday's New York Times called on Congress to impeach federal judge Jay Bybee over his now infamous role in authoring one of the Bush administration m...

Sam Stein

Bush Torture Memos: Commercial Diets Used As Justification | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an effort to rationalize the use of dietary manipulation on detainees, Bush administration officials turned to Slim Fast and Jenny Craig. In a fo...

Jason Linkins

Rush Limbaugh Begins Slapping Himself On-Air To "Simulate Torture" (AUDIO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rush Limbaugh read the torture memos and got inspired to perform a brief act of self-torture and strenuous exercise, just like the old-timey radio por...

Sam Stein

Bush Memo Footnotes Define Waterboarding As Torture | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With reporting by Stuart Whatley A Bush administration memo from 2005, intended to establish a legal basis for aggressive interrogation techniques, c...

Obama Administration Defends Torture Memo Author John Yoo

Bloomberg | Karen Gullo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration, seeking to dismiss a lawsuit by a U.S. citizen convicted of terrorism who claims he was tortured, defended former government...

Author Of Bush Torture Memos Regrets Style, Not Content

The Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview yesterday with the Orange County Register, picked up by Jason Leopold at The Public Record, John Yoo says he doesn't regret the substa...

Dem Senators Pressure Obama's DOJ To Release Torture Report

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday I pointed you to this big scoop in Newsweek reporting that an internal Justice Department review conducted under the Bush administration had...

The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Part One)

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Cheney's version of the truth on interrogations does not stand up to scrutiny, and features ten lies that should not be allowed to pass without further comment and analysis.

Friday Talking Points [48] -- Throwing Out The Rulebook

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Volume 36 of this Friday Talking Points column, I pointed out what seemed to me to be an obvious observation -- that the media was going a lot...

Ashcroft Suggests CIA Started Torturing, Then Sought Legal Cover

Salon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Much attention has been focused on the bizarre legal reasoning behind the Bush administration's "torture memos," a series of documents starting in Aug...

Jason Linkins

Disclosure Of Torture Memo Fails To Grab Traditional Media's Attention | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

What if they disclosed a torture memo and nobody cared? This week, an 81-page memo, authored by John C. Yoo, who was a deputy in the Office of Legal ...

Bush Nominates Torture Advocate To Senior Justice Post

NY Times | PHILIP SHENON and ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Justice Department lawyer who wrote a series of classified legal opinions in 2005 authorizing harsh C.I.A. interrogation techniques was renominate...