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Conservatives unpatriotically root for Obamacare failure

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The mainstream media has been obsessed with comparing the Affordable Care Act (affectionately known as Obamacare) with various failures by the previou...

Torture in U.S. Custody: Why It Will Happen Again If We Don't Address It Now

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

If we don't take an introspective look at the policies and actions we've taken in the name of national security, actions that grossly violate our fundamental values, then we are leaving the door open for this to happen again.

Torture: Military Violations of Medical Ethics and Undeniable Evidence -- Again

Steve Heilig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steve Heilig

All military physicians are licensed by somebody and should be investigated if there were any suspicions of participation in torture, however defined.

Abu Ghraib Torture Survivors Fight on Against Military Contractors

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
The Center for Constitutional Rights

By Laura Raymond, Advocacy Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights Can you travel abroad, commit war crimes and then return home and ...

CACI's Forgotten Role in Abu Ghraib (II)

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

It is not clear why the DOJ never prosecuted Steven Stefanowicz, Daniel Johnson, or any other CACI interrogator for their role in the torture at Abu Ghraib. The best clues are contained in a two-part file from the Army Criminal Investigative Division's investigation into the Abu Ghraib abuses, released to the ACLU after a Freedom of Information Act request.

Christina Wilkie

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Ordered To Pay U.S. Contractor's Legal Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Wednesday ordered four Iraqis who were imprisoned at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison to pay nearly $14,000 in legal fe...

CACI's Forgotten Role in Abu Ghraib (I)

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

This June, a federal court dismissed Iraqi torture victims' suit against military contractor CACI for its role in their abuse at Abu Ghraib, because the "alleged conduct giving rise to their claims occurred exclusively on foreign soil."

Crime and Punishment: Abu Ghraib Torturers vs. Chelsea Manning

Dinkar Jain | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

Why has no one involved in the horrific Abu Ghraib prison scandal "harmed" the United States as much as Bradley Manning has, according to U.S. prosecu...

Chelsea Manning's Transmorality

Donna Marsh O'Connor | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Donna Marsh O'Connor

Chelsea Manning's transsexual nature is not as relevant as her transmoral nature: Murder is wrong, and murder orchestrated, condoned, fitted to moral by the state is worse. If the former meant she was perfectly situated to "leak", then the latter is, too, a function of a higher nature than gender.

Bradley Manning Headed To Prison, While Those Who Authorized Torture Go Free

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. -- Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for releasing 700,000 documents about the United States' worldwide...

What Bradley Manning's Sentence Will Tell Us About Our Military Justice System

Michael Moore | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Michael Moore

Today Bradley Manning was convicted on 20 of 22 counts, including violating the Espionage Act, releasing classified information and disobeying orders. That's the bad news. The good news is he was found not guilty on the charge of "aiding the enemy." That's 'cause who he was aiding was us, the American people. And we're not the enemy. Right?

Interpol Posts Security Alert For Al Qaeda Prison Breaks

AP | Posted 09.23.2013 | World

PARIS — International police agency Interpol has issued a security alert around the Middle East over the escape of al-Qaida members and other da...

John McCain's Fantasy-Land

Jon Soltz | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Just like in Iraq, it is clear that Senator John McCain is living in an fantasy-land, where the American military alone can shape any geopolitical situation into whatever it wants, like a lump of clay.

Al Qaeda Claims Deadly Prison Raids In Iraq

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 09.22.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq claimed responsibility Tuesday for audacious raids on two high-security prisons on the outskirts of Baghdad ...

Hundreds Of Prisoners, Including Senior Al Qaeda Members, Escape From Abu Ghraib

AP | ADAM SCHRECK and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 09.21.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces locked down areas around the infamous Abu Ghraib prison and another high-security detention facility on Baghdad'...

American Anniversaries from Hell

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Take this April. It will be the ninth anniversary of the widespread release of the now infamous photos of torture, abuse, and humiliation from Abu Ghraib. Or to pick another anniversary that, strangely enough, goes uncelebrated here, consider the passage of the USA Patriot Act.

Horrors in the Rear-View Mirror: Ten Years of Iraq

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"Why look back?" some of them say. Here's why. ...

Society Instructs Hollywood on 'Moral Ambiguity' of Torture: Or, What the Zero Dark Thirty Controversy Means

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Film, whether big-screen or TV, is a powerful medium of representation; it has the power to define. And with this controversy, Society pushed back and said we do not like how this film represents or defines us.

Christina Wilkie

Iraq War Contractors Still Fighting -- In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Rumsfeld declared war on the Pentagon bureaucracy on a quiet, sunny Monday seven months into his tenure as secretary of defense. ...

Review: Nick Turse's Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Peter Van Buren

As America again makes war on an industrial scale on nations far less advanced, and commits again torture, assassinations, mass killings and keeps secret prisons while all the while trying to hide its dirty hands from the American public, that Turse's book was published in 2013 is no accident.

Evil and the Scapegoat

Arthur D. Colman | Posted 03.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Arthur D. Colman

Creating scapegoats is not without its hazards to the perpetrators or community at large.

Abu Ghraib Revisited

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Robert Koehler

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhy are we waging this war? Why are we continuing to terrorize parts of Central Asia with our drone strikes?

Journeying From Evil To Heroism

Dr. Philip Zimbardo | Posted 03.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Philip Zimbardo

2013-03-08-PhilipZimbardo_2008stageshot1.jpgWhy did some kids give in and start down that slippery slope of evil, while others resisted and stayed on the right side of that line separating good from evil?

Petraeus' Torture Teams

John Tirman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
John Tirman

The Guardian has just published an exposé of interrogation teams run by two U.S. operatives acting under the authority of General David Petraeus in Iraq. It's clear that Petraeus not only knew of the "enhanced interrogation," but likely hired the thugs who were involved in it.

Rights Are Not Entitlements

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

As Americans discuss our system of social supports, we constantly hear the word "entitlements" and rarely the word "rights." Of course, in America the word "entitlements" is not a neutral word.