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Torture Memos

Refuting the Self-Fulfilling Torture Prophecy: A Response to Hayden and Mukasey

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Not torturing prisoners is one of our nation's proudest traditions, one of the features that define us. Yet, the men who served as CIA Director and Attorney General still believe in these techniques.

The Torture Memos: McCain's Tortured Contradictions

Charles J. Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles J. Brown

Why has McCain has chosen to criticize the administration's decision to release the memos as potentially damaging to U.S. interests when he also argues that torture already has damaged American interests?

American Torture: I Know Who's Going to Pay

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Because the torture was carefully rationalized, the documentation is going to be bureaucratic and meticulous.

Making Torture Lawful?

Allison Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Silver

Friedrich Schiller, who wrote Mary Stuartin 1800, knew why Bush administration officials would sign off on these infamous torture memos.

Jason Linkins

New York Times Accepts Premise That Torture Memos Reveal Too Much, Despite Their Own News Reports | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Just in case the New York Times has entered some new era in which they cannot believe that they have actually been reporting news, all this while, we could also take the word of an actual interrogator.

Impeach Bybee

Terry Curtis Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Curtis Fox

Congress needs to immediately begin an impeachment proceeding against Bybee for his criminal behavior. If torture is not a high crime and misbehavior, nothing is.

I'll See Your 183 Waterboardings and Raise You an Iron Maiden...

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

While so many people seemed entirely shocked at what Americans were up to in interrogations the last few years, I, on the other end, was surprised that there were any limits at all.

Impeach Bybee: The Growing Movement to Unseat Bush Torture Lawyer Turned Federal Judge

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

The UN has indicated that Obama's refusal to prosecute torturers may be a violation of International law.

Fear and Loathing of Change

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

I'm not a lawyer. I can't see a law school from my house. But I know the dark, twisted, sick, fetish language in the torture memos is not what America stands for.

Jason Linkins

McCain On Mohammed Waterboarding: 'It's Unacceptable...It's Unacceptable' (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Via ThinkProgress comes this video of John McCain on Fox News discussing the release of the torture memos. McCain makes it clear that he is not in fa...

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: April 20, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Imagine you had invited me to your home for some sort of potluck dinner, and I had promised to bring a freshly baked pie, only to show up with a pie p...

Jay S. Bybee: It's Not Torture If You Use A Caterpillar

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

I never thought I would be having arguments with people about the merits of torture, which goes to show you how low Bush sunk the general level of American political discourse.

Sam Stein

Axelrod: We Can't Afford To Get "Bogged Down" In Bush Investigation Debate | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Remarks made by Obama senior adviser David Axelrod on Monday provide the clearest indication to date that the White House is not only uninterested in ...

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...

The Moral Measure of a Civilization Is in Its Treatment of Enemies

Scott Atran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Atran

The restoration of our reputation and standing in the world requires more than just a restatement of principles. It requires that those who violate those principles be brought to justice.

CIA Waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 Times In One Month

FireDogLake | EmptyWheel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I've put this detail in a series of posts, but it really deserves a full post. According to the May 30, 2005 Bradbury memo, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was...

Obama Stands Nuremberg on its Head

Mike Farrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Farrell

By what moral or ethical standard does a rational person determine that smashing a shackled human being's head into a wall is legal, let alone acceptable?

Psycho: Bush's Willing Medical Torturers

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Simply releasing the documents about their embrace of torture has further soiled Bush and Cheney's legacy. But whether that is punishment enough is another matter.

Bush Memos Suggest Abuse Isn't Torture If A Doctor Is There

Propublica | Sheri Fink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden was fond of saying [1] that when it came to handling high-value terror suspects, he would play in fair territory...

Bush Memos Suggest Abuse Isn't Torture If a Doctor Is There

Sheri Fink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri Fink

Perhaps the most chilling aspect of the memos is their intimation that medical professionals conducted a form of research on the detainees, clearly without their consent.

Expedience and the Torture Amnesty

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Obama comments on the release of the torture memos to assure the country that a dark age has passed. At the same time, he is careful to assure the agents of that darkness that they will be exempt from prosecution.

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...

Ex-CIA Chiefs Slowed Torture Memos Release

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's release of classified Bush-era memos on harsh CIA interrogations was delayed for nearly a month in part ...

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...

Republican Senator Admits Torture Helps Al Qaeda Recruitment

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This is a good one. In the course of attacking Obama's decision to release the torture memos, GOP Senator Kit Bond appears to have admitted that the ...