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Torture Photos

Robert Gates Bars Release Of Torture Photos

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has used powers granted to him by a controversial new law to block the court-ordered release of numerous photos of deta...

When Principle and the Practical Conflict, Which Should Prevail?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

When it comes to releasing photos of torture, closing Guantanamo and excluding abortion coverage from health care legislation, principle comes into direct conflict with what is practical.

The Failure of the Federalist, No. 10

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Will President Obama serve as the beacon of hope in government that he pretended to be throughout last year's campaign, or did he merely pander to the public in order to pursue his personal ambitions?

Obama's Second Hundred Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

Former Gitmo Detainee Launches Legal Fight To Stop US From Destroying Alleged Torture Photos

Guardian | Richard Norton-Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Former Guantánamo detainee Binyam Mohamed has launched an urgent legal attempt to prevent the US courts from destroying crucial evidence that he says...

Jeff Muskus

House Dems Want Hearings On Detainee Photos Bill | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats are insisting on hearings before they even consider signing onto the Senate's move to suppress detainee photographs, House Financial S...

A Chance for Liberals to Break Their Silence

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Silence in the face of the censorship means collaborating in the cover-up of torture.

Jeff Muskus

Lieberman, Graham Threaten To Shut Down Senate Over Detainee Photos | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lambasted transparency advocates at a press conference Tuesday, when they renewed their p...

Jeff Muskus

Lieberman, Graham Seek To Block Torture Photos At All Costs | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the war supplemental under fire from some unlikely allies in the House, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) threatened Mond...

When it Comes to Torture, No One is Above the Law

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

American law is clear as to what constitutes torture. Those within the Bush administration who sanctioned torture, deliberately and unapologetically violated U.S. law and must be held responsible.

Why No Investigation?

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

Why are the Congressional leadership of both parties bizarrely silent now, when the American people are demanding an investigation and prosecution of the crimes represented in the abuse photos?

Jimmy Carter Disagrees With Obama Decision To Block Detainee Photos

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with CNN's Campbell Brown, former president Jimmy Carter said he disagreed with President Obama's decision to oppose the release of ph...

Taguba Denies Telegraph 'Rape Photos' Story, White House Urges Coverage

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House reporters received an unusual email on Saturday, with a subject line stating, "Important Please Read: From White House Press Secretary Rob...

British Newspaper's Account Of Explicit Abu Ghraib Photos Corroborated

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon is denying the facts: Photographs of Abu Ghraib torture are even more sexually explicit than first reported, including rape and sodomy, w...

Releasing All the Torture Photos Immediately Will Probably Save American Lives

Martin Garbus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martin Garbus

War does terrible things to all soldiers and all civilians. The American people should know the price our soldiers and the people we fight with pay.

Abuse Photos Include Images Of Rape And Sexual Assault: Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pentagon on Thursday denied the Daily Telegraph report that photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse, whose release U.S. President Obama wants to block...

Obama and the Left

Gara LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

Obama has genuine real-world issues to balance, and I have no reason to believe he has not arrived at these few controversial decisions genuinely and in a typically thoughtful and engaged manner.

Obama is Right Not to Trust Us: All the Torture Photos Should Be Immediately Released

Martin Garbus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Garbus

Our failure to show we will stop the torture, in every possible way, is a fatal mistake that probably will lead to more Americans being mistreated.

Yes We Are Them and They Are Us

Roderick Spencer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roderick Spencer

Until both sides have the courage to recognize themselves in each other, and in the torture pictures, debate is useless. People on the Left are just as capable of rationalizing cruelty as people on the Right.

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.

Obama Really Had No Choice on Torture Pictures

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama's decision was based on a recognition that he's a young, untested, and perceived liberal Democrat, and therefore widely suspected as weak on national security and military toughness.

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.

Why Obama Must Truly Hate Bush

Steve Benen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Benen

It's a real shame Bush and Cheney screwed up so spectacularly, and ignored the law so systematically, that it's interfering with Obama's desire to govern. But Obama signed up for this gig.

Jason Linkins

To Disclose Or Not Disclose: Obama's Decision On Detainee Photos Analyzed | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In case you were wondering, I am of the opinion that President Barack Obama's decision to not release those detainee abuse photos is a mistake. The d...

Obama to Offer Blindfolds and Ear Plugs to All Americans

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

Until we take off our blindfolds, until we truly hold accountable those who authorized these heinous acts, we will continue to endanger not only ourselves, but our troops.