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The GOP Has Assaulted Our Constitutional System

Andy Schmookler | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party most loudly proclaims its deep allegiance to our founding document. Yet in recent years, the leaders of the GOP have engaged in an assault on our constitutional system in ways unprecedented in American history:

How Today's Ugly GOP Presidential Race Provides a Teachable Moment

Andy Schmookler | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

For years, there's something that we Americans have urgently needed to see. If now isn't a teachable moment -- what with the spectacle of the Republican presidential race before us -- I don't know what would be. We can begin with Trump as a flagrant piece of a much bigger picture.

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.

Bad Therapy: Something Is Rotten in the Psychology Profession

Deborah Kory | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Deborah Kory

10 years after the first revelations of torture appeared in the media, my dissertation long since bound in obscurity in my school's library, and not only are the revelations still coming, there is only now the first hint of a real investigation into the specific role psychologists played in this process.

Matt Sledge

How The CIA Twisted The Legacy Of A Vietnam War Protest To Justify Torture | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

Honolulu, 1971. A diverse group of men and women walk into an office of the Honeywell Corporation to protest the company's manufacture of deadly clust...

Debating the ACLU: Advocacy vs. Policy Analysis

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

I was surprised to find that when one engages in this kind of policy analysis, the many security measures introduced in the wake of 9/11 very often fall into one of two categories. They either entail little intrusion and are quite effective in enhancing our protection, or have the opposite profile.

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.

The Use of Torture Will Cause Blowback, Not the Torture Report

Jon Soltz | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Jon Soltz

We tried to sound the alarm about what harm torture could bring. The Bush administration didn't listen. Had they, we simply wouldn't be here today. If there is any positive to come out of the release of this report, and turmoil that may come as a result of facts being released, let it be, finally, a wake-up call. Let it lead to the American people immediately disqualifying any candidate for president, in 2016, who won't clearly and definitively rule out the use of torture by intelligence or military under their administration. Let it serve as a reminder of our duty to hold our elected officials accountable for what they do, or plan to do, in our name. And let it remind us that the reasons against torture are more than just moral ones. They're quite practical, too.

The Torah of Torture vs. Torah of Truth: Udall's Sacred Task

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For a brief moment of sacred opportunity, the American people has a chance to learn the truth about our government's deliberate use of torture as an act of policy. Senator Mark Udall holds that moment in his hands.

Happy Anniversary, CIA! 12 Years of Lawlessness!

Christopher E. Anders | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Christopher E. Anders

The CIA, with the backing or orders of the White House, ran a worldwide network of secret prisons where it tortured men with barbaric techniques; kidnapped people from European streets; and then reportedly lied to Congress, the White House, and the Justice Department about it.

It's Never Too Late to Account for Our Torturous Past

Melina Milazzo, Esq. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Melina Milazzo, Esq.

Eleven years ago, government lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee "redefined the law" to provide distorted legal justifications -- where none exist -- to torture detainees held in U.S. custody. The public release of the 6,000 page Senate report on the CIA torture program would be a significant step in the right direction.

US Must Ensure Accountability for "War on Terror" Abuses

David Tolbert | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
David Tolbert

The U.S. Department of Justice now has sufficient information to warrant a criminal investigation of those who commissioned and approved policies that resulted in torture and illegal treatment of detainees. There is indeed a moral imperative to get to the bottom of this dark chapter in American history.

Why Torture Is Still Wrong

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Kathryn Bigelow's new film, Zero Dark Thirty, has reignited the debate over the role torture should play in U.S. counterterrorism policy. Here's the CliffsNotes answer: none.

11 Secret Documents Americans Deserve to See

David Wallechinsky | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
David Wallechinsky

Many documents produced by the U.S. government are confidential and not released to the public for legitimate reasons of national security. Others, however, are kept secret for more questionable reasons.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison Gets Support Calling for Accountability for Torture

Coleen Rowley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

In connection with the 10 year anniversary of the shameful "torture memos," peace and human rights activists in Minnesota managed to get their Congresspersons and Senators to declare torture is wrong and, in varying degrees, touch on the need for accountability.

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.

Interrogators Speak Out: Did Torture 'Work?'

Jim Clemente | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Jim Clemente

Another round of torture debates is soon to ensue on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Jose Rodriguez, the former CIA agent notorious for destroying 'the torture tapes,' will release his new book, Hard Measures, on the same date.

The Torture Memos, 10 Years Later

The Atlantic Wire | Andrew Coher | Posted 04.07.2012 | World

On February 7, 2002 -- ten years ago to the day, tomorrow -- President George W. Bush signed a brief memorandum titled "Humane Treatment of Taliban an...

All I Want for Christmas Is My Civil Liberties!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

What's the worst that could happen as a result of the congressional rubberstamp broadening the war and allowing indefinite military detention of American citizens as "enemy combatants"?

Alberto Gonzales: Dear Santa, Send Money

Raul A. Reyes | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Raul A. Reyes

As attorney general, Alberto Gonzales trampled on civil liberties, politicized the Department of Justice, and deeply embarrassed many of his fellow Latinos. Now he wants us to send him money.

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.

Bush Kept Out of Canada, Can We Keep Him Out of Minnesota Too?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Please JOIN US for an anti-torture candlelight vigil dedicated to detainees and victims of torture authorized by George Bush! Wednesday, September2...

To Learn or Not to Learn: America's Dilemma After 9/11

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

If America is the land of the brave, that for me would include increasing and exercising our courage to get to know the deepest and darkest secrets that constitute the truth.

Lucia Graves

Bradley Manning Supporters Rally At Kansas Prison | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of supporters of Bradley Manning converged at Leavenworth, Kan., Saturday to rally for the Army private accused of leaking clas...

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...