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Abu Ghraib

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.

Questions About Torture

Rev. Colin Bossen | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Rev. Colin Bossen

This month marked 11 years since the opening of the infamous prison camp at Guantanamo, where over a hundred men, many innocent, remain indefinitely d...

A Response to Kathryn Bigelow's Latest Statement on Zero Dark Thirty and Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.19.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty ignores the fact that America's torture program inspired anti-U.S. sentiment around the world, causing many to vow revenge on the U.S. and its allies.

ReThink Review: Zero Dark Thirty - Yes, It Endorses Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty works as a crime procedural, but its irresponsible, destructive, dishonest stance on torture absolutely ruined it for me, and I feel Zero Dark Thirty should not be on any best-of-the-year lists, nor is it deserving of Oscar consideration.

Al Jazeera English: Too Uncomfortable For U.S. Audiences

Geri Spieler | Posted 03.11.2013 | Media
Geri Spieler

Are we uncomfortable with news that has not been sanitized by our own American-based networks? Is that the reason there is so much pushback to Al Jazeera English on U.S. network TV?

Defense Contractor Pays $5M To Abu Ghraib Prisoners

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 03.10.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in I...

Eric Holder: Prosecutorial Discretion and Extrajudicial Deaths

Tung Yin | Posted 12.24.2012 | College
Tung Yin

Gul Rahman and Manadel al-Jamadi were among hundreds of detainees captured during armed conflict with U.S. forces in Afghanistan or Iraq, but unlike most of the other captives, they died in captivity.

Bad Apples Is Destined for the Big Apple

Natalie Pace | Posted 12.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Natalie Pace

It's rare that you walk into a garage and see the next great work of art. That is exactly what happened when I stumbled upon Jim Leonard's new masterpiece, Bad Apples being performed into Atwarter Village Theater.