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Torture Memos

'Enhanced Interrogation' Techniques Called Out As Torture By Fox News Legal Analyst

Fox News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I have read the 175 pages of legal memoranda ("the memos") that the Department of Justice (DoJ) released last week. They consist of letters written by...

Accepting Torture?

Darius Rejali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Darius Rejali

What is the acceptable ratio of torturing innocents-to-terrorists for America to call our campaign a success, 50-to-1, 10-to-1?

Jason Linkins

Chris Matthews Reacts To Obama's Answers On Torture | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of our Media Monitors, Andy L. flags this section of last night's Obama presser post-game, where MSNBC's Chris Matthews takes up the discussion of...

Ryan Grim

Leahy Calls On Bybee To Testify On Torture | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jay Bybee finds it "frustrating" that he hasn't been able to speak publicly about his role in authorizing torture when he was a top lawyer in the Bush...

Transparency in the First 100 Days: Grading the Obama Administration

Elizabeth Goitein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Goitein

In cases where people seek accountability for government misconduct the administration's commitment to transparency falls by the wayside in every instance.

What if Instead of the Nuremberg Trials There Was Only a Truth Commission?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

As some liberals make the case against a Special Prosecutor, the lawyers who fought for the release of the torture memos push back and explain why prosecutions are the only response.

Crime and Crime Again

Hart Bochner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hart Bochner

It will become its own kind of crime if Obama does not set precedent at such a crucial juncture and pursue justice against the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz rat pack.

An Officer's Obligation -- Say No to Torture

Matthew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Alexander

As a former active duty military officer, it is troubling to me that other military officers followed unlawful orders to torture or abuse prisoners.

Jason Linkins

Joe Scarborough: Blame Dana Priest "If Planes Go Into Buildings" Because She Reported On Waterboarding [UPDATED: Scarborough Responds] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

UPDATE: Joe Scarborough has issued the following statement: Earlier today on Morning Joe, a guest suggested that President Obama might shoulder the b...

Make the Torturers Face Justice

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

President Obama must show the world that America upholds the law, rejects torture of all kinds, and that no officials are above the law.

How do we Debate the Unthinkable?

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter Henne

The torture memos were a case of our nation's elites turning the unspeakable into the ordinary. Our responsibility now is to ensure it never becomes ordinary, even as a subject of condemnation.

Dickipedia: John Yoo

Dickipedia | Kevin Allocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

John Choon Yoo (born June 10, 1967) is an American attorney, former U.S. Justice Department official, Berkeley law professor, writer of memos, foremos...

David Corn: Special Prosecutor's Job Is Not To Expose Wrongdoing

Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The other day I ran into a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, and this person noted that he fancied the idea of appointing a special p...

The Bad Apples Were at the Top

Stephen Funk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Funk

If Alyssa Peterson had never been ordered to torture she would still be alive.

Ryan Grim

California Democrats Call For Criminal Investigation Of Bybee | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The California state Democratic Party called for a "vigorous investigation" into the "possible criminal actions of Judge Jay Bybee and others" on Sund...

Waterboarding Sean Hannity

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hoyt Hilsman

Sean Hannity's offer to undergo waterboarding for charity is almost too good to refuse.

The "Beautiful Kidnapper" and Other Simple Responses to Torture Arguments

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The next time somebody mentions the 'ticking time bomb' scenario, hit 'em with 'the beautiful kidnapper' - then ask them if they believe in marriage and the family.

TriBeCa Interview: Barry Levinson and the Politics of Politics

Matthew-Lee Erlbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Matthew-Lee Erlbach

Generally Hollywood always looks down on movies with political content. Political content is a kiss of death.

Sam Stein

Gingrich Condemned Torture In '97: Violates The "Foundation Of American Values" | Sam Stein | Posted 04.27.2009 | Politics

One of the more difficult rows to hoe in the ongoing debate over detainee treatment has been the insistence by some conservatives, against countervail...

Opining While Intoxicated (A Field Sobriety Test For Broder's Torture Column)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Quigg

Inebriated logic like this from someone of David Broder's seniority and supposed stature makes it easier for serious, curious, civic-minded people to tell themselves that newspapers are expendable.

Commission on Accountability Should Be Part of Our Response to America's Torture Nightmare

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

We need something like a truth commission in this country to explore how and why America became a nation that embraced torture at the highest levels of political office.

Ali Soufan Interview: FBI Interrogator Of Zubaydah Breaks Silence, Condemns Torture Tactics

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"I've kept my mouth shut about all this for seven years," Soufan says. But now, with the declassification of Justice memos and the public assertions b...

Obama's First 100 Days: What's a Presidency For?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama has repeatedly declared that he would govern as a consensus builder. He wasn't lying. However, there are two ways of achieving consensus.

Porter Goss Op-Ed: Obama Admin Crossed The Line By Releasing Memos

Washington Post | Porter J. Goss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Since leaving my post as CIA director almost three years ago, I have remained largely silent on the public stage. I am speaking out now because I feel...

Jay Bybee Wasn't Proud Of Torture Memo Outcome, Friends Say

Washington Post | Karl Vick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On a Saturday night in May last year, Jay S. Bybee hosted dinner for 35 at a Las Vegas restaurant. The young people seated around him had served as hi...