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Abu Ghraib

Torture Report: America Conducts a Moral Reckoning. Next, Moral Repair?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Mr. Obama, in ruling out prosecution for torture, may have thought he spared us bother, but actually he did us harm. By casting accountability into limbo, he makes possible government-sponsored torture in the future and prevents America from recovering the thing most precious: our good name.

What's Left for America's Torture Apologists?

Jared Del Rosso | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Jared Del Rosso

So what's left for the country's torture apologists? Continue to claim that the program saved lives and discredit the report for relying too much on the CIA's own emails and cables, rather than interviews. What they likely won't do is admit and defend the version of waterboarding described by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

On The Border Of The Illusion

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 12.12.2014 | Books
Mohammed Fairouz

Because of music's inherent abstractness, it is the most fundamentally subversive of the arts. It says something very specific, eliciting overpowering responses, and yet it has the luxury of being able to claim that it has said nothing at all.

After Torture Report, Rights of Victims and Accountability for Perpetrators Must Not Be Denied

David Tolbert | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
David Tolbert

How can it be that the US, which so prides itself on its traditions of respect for the rule of law and human rights, simply turn a blind eye on this deep stain on its record without the resonance of hypocrisy? How can it revive its moral credibility?

'I Was An Interrogator At Abu Ghraib. I Tortured.'

The New York Times | Eric Fair | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — I SPENT this semester teaching creative writing at Lehigh University. I’ve been a soldier, a police officer and an interrogator. ...

The Corrupt Logic of Torture

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

I truly pray that the release of this report will be a turning point, an opportunity not only to look at what happened during the Bush Administration, but also to take a hard look at ourselves today. We as Americans must reject the corrupting logic of torture and work hard to see every other person as a human being first.

In Small Places

Philippa Greer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Philippa Greer

Should Guantánamo close prior to the end of Obama's second term, it will prove merely a symbolic gesture. Obama's policy has served the President's interests. Where will individual rights stand if individuals remain complicit in the policy of indefinite detention without charge or trial that will remain?

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

Kathy Kelly | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

In January of 2004 I visited "Bucca Camp," a U.S.-run POW camp near the isolated port city of Umm Qasr, in southern Iraq. This was a year before the capture of Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai, who, starting in 2005, would spend four years in the camp under the name Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Controversial Abu Ghraib Torture Photos May Be Released

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) - A federal judge signaled on Wednesday he may order the U.S. government to release as many as...

Attacks In Iraq Kill 16, Wound Dozens

AP | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni mili...

The Worst President Since World War II? Uh, Guess Again

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

Oh, Americans have such short memories -- made only worse by how pathetically poor many choose to be informed.

Iraq and the Neocons: The Sequel

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Neocons and elite media personalities who got everything wrong on Iraq now darken my TV screen telling me to ignore the invasion, the eight-year occupation, the lies about weapons of mass destruction, "mushroom clouds" becoming "smoking guns," the torture at Abu Ghraib prison and everything else, and pretend the war started with General David Petraeus's miraculous "surge" where everything was wonderful in Iraq until the "dove" Obama pulled the plug. It's a nice narrative if your goal is partisan advantage, but like so much else we've heard from policy elites regarding Iraq, it has nothing to do with reality.

David Lohr

Lawsuit Alleges County Jail Inmates Were Stripped, Tortured, Humiliated

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 06.13.2014 | Crime

Inmates at Floyd County Jail in Indiana were stripped, tortured, humiliated and abused, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday by a local ...

David Lohr

Indiana Woman Allegedly Pepper-Sprayed, Stripped, Left Naked By Jailers

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 06.12.2014 | Crime

A misdemeanor arrest resulted in an Indiana woman being stripped naked, pepper-sprayed and left for hours on the floor of an unsanitary holding cell, ...

Working the Dark Side

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Ten years ago, photos of the crucifixion -- and worse -- were released to the American public. The media still call it "the Abu Ghraib scandal," as th...

The Marquis de Sade in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The legacy of America's Iraq is essentially an oil-producing wreck of a state with another autocrat in power, a Shiite government allied to Iran in Baghdad, and a Sunni population in revolt. That, in short, is the upshot of Washington's multi-trillion-dollar war. It might be worth a painting by George W. Bush.

The Road From Abu Ghraib

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

April 28 marks the tenth anniversary of the moment that the horrors of Abu Ghraib were made public in this country. Thus began America's public odyssey with torture, a story in many chapters and still missing an ending.

Iraq Closes Abu Ghraib Prison, But Not For Long

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.16.2014 | World

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA -- The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the in...

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 04.29.2014 | 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 an...

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."