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Sustained Focus and Effort: Sports Clichés, the Election and Our Place in the World

Sean Hartofilis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Hartofilis

Our democracy has given us an opportunity to start again with renewed focus and effort. The past has happened. We must remember it and learn from it.

Gitmo Gotcha, You Betcha

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Illegal conduct implemented at Gitmo has now metastasized to the shores of the United States. Where is the outrage?

Powell's Tortured Endorsement

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

Powell endorsed Obama and I was moved by his statement, particularly his challenge to Republicans about their demonization of Islam. Despite this, I don't welcome his endorsement.

No Soup For Yoo: Our Right to Refuse Service to the Constitution's Torturers

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

Reading The Dark Side, as I just have, forces a stomach-turning, jaw-clenching reckoning with Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, CIA kidnappings, secret prisons, waterboarding, and a shameful list of other soul-shattering abuses.

America Needs Obama To Recreate Our National Narrative

John Rember | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Rember

How to explain an administration that nationalizes the banking system even as it praises the free market? How to explain a financial system that turned debt into wealth, and wealth into debt? How is it that most people don't even know which country their house belongs to?

US Detainee Abuse Drove Prisoner To Brink Of Insanity, New Documents Show

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A U.S. military officer warned Pentagon officials that an American detainee was being driven nearly insane by months of punishing i...

A Message to Barack Obama: Don't Forget Cheney and Addington

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Obama the presidential candidate has been almost silent on the crimes of the current administration.

It's the Democracy, Stupid: Campaigns of McCain and Palin Show How They Would Govern

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

The disconnect between McCain's words and his actions, all in an effort to distort his record, is the central approach to his campaign. And it smells a lot like the last eight years of Bush.

Ambassador for All War Crimes Except Our Own

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

The Office of War Crimes Issues doesn't just tell other countries to do as we say and not as we do. The Administration has actually made OWCI complicit of its own war crimes apparatus.

Abu Ghraib To Reopen, Museum Planned

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD - Iraq plans to renovate and reopen Abu Ghraib prison, the notorious site of executions and torture under Saddam Hussein and later of a U.S. p...

Company Tied To Abu Ghraib Kinda Worried About Politics Now

Footnoted | Michelle Leder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Caci, for those who don't remember, has been a major beneficiary of the current Administration. Over the past five years, Caci's revenues have doubled...

Jason Linkins

Here's Why I Am With Joe Biden

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Karl Miller -- a terrific blogger and thinker who I've been fortunate enough to get to know through my extracurricular activities -- has got a post up...

McCain's Cigarette Gaffe: A Cold Blood Commander-In-Chief?

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Omid Memarian

Unlike most of veterans who respect human lives due to their profound and extraordinary experiences at wars, McCain's joking about people's lives is a disastrous trait for a president.

Sex Crimes in the White House

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

The sexualization of torture from the top basically turned Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay into an organized sex-crime ring in which the trafficked sex slaves were US-held prisoners.

Confronting and Ending the Politics of Humiliation: Part 1, From the Warsaw Ghetto to Guantanamo Bay

Stephen Ducat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ducat

Those who comprise the current Republican administration are certainly not the first political rulers to deploy humiliation as a psychological weapon against those it perceives as a threat.

Abu Ghraib Inmates Sue Contractors, Claiming Torture

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Three Iraqis and a Jordanian filed federal lawsuits Monday alleging they were tortured by U.S. defense contractors while detai...

General Who Probed Abu Ghraib: Bush Officials Committed 'War Crimes'

McClatchy Newspapers | Warren P. Strobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing "wa...

Rupert Everett: British Soldiers Are Whiny Wimps

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Outspoken British actor Rupert Everett, 49, has given a new interview in England, where he calls UK troops "wimps," among other things. The "My Best ...

New York Times Lends Legitimacy To Pentagon Policy on Iraq Inmate Abuse

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Hayden

Rubin's rosy picture is contradicted by the same unnamed advocates who point out that there are "underlying legal problems with the detentions themselves and the lack of legal rights afforded to detainees."

The Smoking Gun

Errol Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Errol Morris

There are smoking guns for our prisoner abuse everywhere but people pretend they don't exist. How many torture memos does an administration have to promulgate before the public gets the idea they are promulgating torture?

Abu Ghraib Photographer: Excerpts From Her Interviews

New Yorker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This week in the magazine, Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris write about Sabrina Harman, a U.S. Army specialist who took photographs at Abu Ghraib an...

From the Berlinale: Standard Operating Procedure

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karin Badt

Just saw Errol Morris' Abu Ghraib documentary and it blew me away: the focussed concentration on the soldiers narrating those infamous pictures, each soldier framed alone on a wide-screen, calm and expressive.

Graphic New Abu Ghraib Photos Released (NSFW)

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. As an expert witness in the defense of an Abu Ghraib guard who was court-martialed, psychologist Philip Zimbardo had acc...

Charges Cleared For Only Officer Tried Over Abu Ghraib Abuses

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After a week-long court martial in August, Lieutenant Colonel Steven Jordan, 51, who oversaw the Abu Ghraib interrogations centre from September to De...

Only Army Officer Charged In Abu Ghraib Scandal Is Cleared

Washington Post | Josh White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The only Army officer charged with a crime as a result of the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has been cleared of all criminal responsibility ...