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Torture Memos

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.

Spanish Judge Resumes Torture Case Against Six Senior Bush Lawyers

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Judge Baltasar Garzón is pressing ahead with a case against six senior Bush administration lawyers for implementing torture at Guantánamo.

Jason Linkins

Further Adventures In Torture Equivalencies | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The recently declassified torture documents have yielded ample food for thought, if you can stomach it. One of the more difficult revelations appears...

Holding Holder's Feet to the Fire

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

Attorney General Eric Holder is a man on a seat that is hot and getting ever hotter. But we still don't know if the lawyers who wrote the torture memos will be brought to justice.

Tortured Logic

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

2009-08-06-aclupull.jpgIn "Tortured Logic," a video released by the ACLU today, you'll hear well-known people like Oliver Stone, Rosie Perez and Philip Glass, read from those chilling Justice Department torture memos.

Alberto Gonzales To Teach At Texas Tech

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LUBBOCK, Texas — Alberto Gonzales, who resigned as U.S. attorney general two years ago, is coming to Texas Tech this fall to teach political sci...

Release of the "Holy Grail" of Torture Reports Delayed Again

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Today was supposed to be the day that the Justice Department -- after two delays -- released an unclassified version of the CIA Inspector General's 2004 Report into the interrogations of "high-value detainees."

Jason Linkins

Former Waterboarders Join The Ranks Of The Unemployed (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ahh, this recession. It's brought so many people so much misery, what with the rampant unemployment and the fact that we're all not eligible for TARP...

Judge Rules Terrorist Can Sue Bush Admin Lawyer Over Torture Memos

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A convicted terrorist can sue a former Bush administration lawyer for drafting the legal theories that led to his alleged t...

John Yoo Ordered To Testify

New York Times | JOHN SCHWARTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A federal judge has ruled that John Yoo, a former Bush administration lawyer who wrote crucial memorandums justifying harsh interrogation techniques, ...

Report on Cheney Shows Why We Need The Truth

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Did Dick Cheney knowingly send intelligence officials to Congress to mislead them about the use of waterboarding? Did the Vice President himself?

No Way Around an Investigation in Moving Forward

Morton H. Halperin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morton H. Halperin

The American public should hear directly, in open-door hearings, from victims of the detention, rendition, and torture.

Busted, Pentagon: Why The Photos Probably Do Show Detainees Sodomized and Raped

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

Is systemic sex crime practiced by the US in a consequence of the lawlessness of "the war on terror" surprising to those of us who work on issues of sexual abuse and war? It is totally predictable.

Petraeus Says U.S. Violated Geneva Conventions - What Will Cheney and Rush Say?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

I was stunned when Gen. Petraeus admitted today that the United States has violated the Geneva Conventions.

Picking on Pelosi

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

For all of the suspicion and projection upon her, Speaker Pelosi is really like a mom making her kids behave politely at a fancy restaurant.

The Detention Election Game

Anne-Marie Cusac | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anne-Marie Cusac

Obama wants to win in November 2012. It's never too early for a campaigning Democrat to get tough on crime.

Torture by Any Other Name

Allen Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen Keller

The recently released memos detailing interrogation methods authorized by the Bush Administration, demonstrate the critical need for an independent and comprehensive investigation.

Memory, War, and the Memory of War

Louis Bickford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Bickford

Extreme violations of human rights in any context, including a war, are too important to forget. We want future generations to remember that we insisted on accountability for them.

Jason Linkins

Ed Schultz Defends Obama Against Entire Cast Of Morning Joe (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Scarborough intimates that the Obama administration is "cherrypicking intelligence," which makes me wonder what he was doing in the run-up to the Iraq War.

Torture as Portrayed through Jenny Holzer's "Protect/Protect"

Joscelyn Jurich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Joscelyn Jurich

"Protect/Protect" reminds us with ferocious intensity that we desperately need to look backwards in order to assess the present and more carefully determine the future.

Jason Linkins

Poll: Pelosi Gets More Support Than CIA In Dispute | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Greg Sargent highlights a Rasmussen poll today that indicates that after several days of the media flogging Nancy Pelosi's inept press conference and ...

A War on Terror by Any Other Name

John Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Cusack

What is most disturbing about the refusal to release the abuse photos is the broader pattern into which it fits -- a pattern of decisions that effectively preserve the framework of Bush's War on Terror.

Lizz Winstead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lizz Winstead

2009-05-18-torturereport.jpg Before you turned down the thermostat and pulled out that waterboard, you shoulda gone to the website that could have saved your behind.

A Hollow and Horrible Equivocation

John Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Cusack

This is not an issue of partisan politics. It's a police matter... the investigation of a crime scene in which many more of us are complicit than is comfortable to recognize.

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: May 15, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Did a TARP beneficiary accidentally speak the truth about the program to a reporter from the Telegraph? At first, the Daily Telegraph reported that M...