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Al Qaeda Memo Re: Women as Human Shields

John Bobey | Posted 04.30.2012 | Comedy
John Bobey

To clarify once and for all, when it comes to the use of human shields, our official a Qaeda policy says YES, you can use them, but please, NO women.

Damn Wrong: Bush Admission on Torture Should Draw Special Prosecutor

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Holtzman

In his new book, George Bush admits to having approved waterboarding. This admission has created a difficult dilemma for the current administration. Torture is a federal crime punishable by up to twenty years in prison.

Presidential Powers: Prudence or Perversion? Playing Jeopardy

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

If we're playing Jeopardy, and we are, this would be the answer: It's the real no-brainer answer to the legal and ethical questions posed by the ...

Unhappy Anniversary: Eight Years of Continuing Lawlessness

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The Defense Department now obstructs justice by suppressing evidence of its own criminal actions. This sordid history indicates the perverse depths to which our nation has unfortunately fallen.

The Skeleton in John Yoo's Closet

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

If former White House lawyer John Yoo were ever to decide to join the ranks of newfangled conservatives running for office, he would be hard-pressed to hide the skeleton in his closet.

Camp Cropper: No Deposit, No Return

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Camp Cropper may someday be seen as a symbol of our protracted presence in a sovereign state, as well as a catalyst for its emergence as a no deposit, no return government.

Torture Memo Author Advocated Presidential Pardons, Jury Nullification

Murray Waas | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Murray Waas

A Bush administration attorney who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects advocated in 2006 that President Bush set aside recommen...

Shadow Prisoners

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Healey

The world's greatest democracy should not be in the business of spiriting people out of sight and outside of a legal system with built-in safeguards.

Liz Cheney's Impeccable Timing

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Cheney's attack conveniently shifted the spotlight away from other former Justice Department officials who actually are at risk of professional and criminal sanction.

Pressure Mounts on DOJ to Produce Missing E-Mails

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Pressure is growing on the Justice Department to produce supposedly "deleted" e-mails that could reveal whether government lawyers in the Bush administration were instructed to devise legal justifications for torture.

Senate Committee Hearing on Ethics Report Disappoints

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

For anyone hoping the Justice Department would commit to further investigations that the White House instructed its lawyers to find legal justifications for torture, today was a disappointment.

Laura Bassett

Justice Department Urged To Investigate Missing Emails

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Who Told Yoo To Do Those 'Bad Things'?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If White House officials were instructing the 'torture memo' authors to create legal justifications for a program those officials knew was likely illegal, then we have evidence of a high-level criminal conspiracy.

OPR Revelations Confirm Need for Full-Scale Torture Investigation

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nan Aron

Co-authored with Brina Milikowsky Ruth Goldman Judicial Selection Project Fellow Alliance for Justice On Friday, the Department of Justice's Office ...

Dark Days

Matthew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Alexander

The previous administration failed to keep the beast in its chains. The torture and abuse of detainees was the result of professional misconduct that gave birth to war crimes. Those are the dark days.

Remember the OPR Report?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The longer the administration hems and haws and tinkers with the ethics report before releasing it, the more the stain of the past administration's transgressions becomes its own.

Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers In Torture Memo Probe

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For weeks, the right has heckled Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for his plans to try the alleged 9/11 conspirators in New York City and his handling...

The Lawyers Who Would Torture

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David A. Love

Throughout history we have witnessed the ways in which societies compromise their legal systems to oppress the many, benefit the few, and sanction the unconscionable.

Bush DOJ Official Agrees "Torture Memo" Lawyers Should Be Investigated

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

A change in leadership does not eliminate the need to examine our system and learn from our history, even when -- especially when -- our Department of Justice was corrupted to the point of sanctioning torture.

The Fall Of Greg Craig

TIME | Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearly 100 days after Barack Obama entered office, his top White House lawyer, Greg Craig, braced the President's senior advisers for a potentially ex...

Torture Accountability at Last - for Peru

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It is not cliche or radical to demand the U.S. hold our own torturers (at all levels) to the same level of accountability as British mining corporations.

Jon Stewart Shouldn't Be our Only Hope

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

It is sorry commentary on our political culture that we have Jon Stewart to thank, rather than a political reporter from the mainstream press, for subjecting John Yoo to the toughest questioning.

Chevron Gets Fixed

Antonia Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Antonia Juhasz

On Sunday, Chevron became the first oil company to come under a Yes Men Audience Attack. Chevron was chosen because it's different from other oil companies.

"Golden Shield" Doesn't Cover Condi's Torture Role

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

It was Condoleezza Rice who verbally approved the CIA's request to subject the first alleged al-Qaeda terrorist to waterboarding in July 2002.

Julian Hattem

ACLU Criticizes Obama Torture-Prosecution Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On the same day that President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, the nation's foremost civil liberties group criticized his administration's refus...