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Abu Ghraib

Congratulations, Congress for Speedily Working on This: It Only Took You Six Years

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Although most of the crimes committed against the Iraqi prisoners were carried out by regular U.S. military forces, there was some private military contractor involvement.

Going Viral: A How-To Guide from Time Magazine's Joel Stein

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joshua Kors

Wednesday night I rocked the political world. I went on YouTube and uploaded a remarkable video: a clip of an American soldier testifying before Cong...

Secrets

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Government secrecy is increasingly the norm. At the same time, government surveillance is pervasive, reversing the proper relationship between a democratic government and its citizens.

UK's 'Abu Ghraib' Site Of Systematic Abuse, Iraqi Civilians Claim

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Brutal footage of Iraqi prisoners allegedly being abused at a secret British military interrogation center that has since been nicknamed "UK's Abu Ghr...

Pentagon Braces For Huge WikiLeaks Dump On Iraq War

Yahoo! News | Phil Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pentagon said on Sunday it had a 120-member team prepared to review a massive leak of as many as 500,000 Iraq war documents, which are expected to...

Media Buys into Political Frame of National Security Case

Dave Saldana | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dave Saldana

Those of us who believe in the Rule of Law are equally invested in protecting our national safety and in capturing and convicting those who have done us harm.

Torture Is American

Anne-Marie Cusac | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anne-Marie Cusac

Torture is American. How do I know? I am a reporter who for years covered allegations of prison abuse and ill treatment in domestic U.S. prisons. Nearly every technique used at Abu Ghraib had a close, recent parallel in a U.S. facility.

Outsourcing the Dirty War in Afghanistan

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

Bob Woodward's new book Obama's Wars reveals that the CIA maintains a 3000-strong Afghan paramilitary force that conducts cross-border operations into Pakistan. It's news in the U.S., but Afghanis have known this for long time.

Why The President Wins If The Democrats Lose

Richard Albert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Albert

Few things are ever certain politics. But this one seems like it might qualify: the Democratic Party will suffer a colossal defeat in the fast-approac...

Tea Partiers Aren't The Only Angry Ones

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

I want the Tea Party to know that they are not the only angry ones in this country. This anger has been brewing for quite a few years. I am angry too

Cable News Blew It! US Soldiers Charged - Murder, Cover Up, Trophies, Skulls, Fingers!

Victoria Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Victoria Jones

Twelve American soldiers charged with a total of 76 crimes, including the premeditated murders of three Afghan civilians and the beating of one or more fellow soldiers. Sounds like an outtake from Predator.

They Tortured Me for My Health -- Don't Let It Happen to You

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lev Raphael

From Prague to D.C. the new rage in tourist attractions is torture museums. Is that thanks to the Bush administration? The closest I had ever come t...

The War on Terror Was Lost at its Inception

Dylan Brody | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dylan Brody

Terror cannot be defeated with military action, no matter how powerful or how well equipped the military that takes the action. Terrorism is a tactic, not an enemy.

A Cold Cup of Tea

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

Unquestionably, America's political system needs a third voice, a third party. It has happened in Britain. But American conservatives are too querulous, and American liberals and self-styled progressives are too timid.

From Nine to Ten and the Commemoration of 9/11

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Sunday, September 11, 2011 will be the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The politicization of the events a...

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam - War in the Contracting Age

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Janine R. Wedel

There's taxpayer money going into the hands of the very people attacking U.S. troops and the contractors who risk their lives for a paycheck. 260 of those workers took that risk and lost over the last year, and their names will likely never be known.

The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib Exorcised?

Jerrold D. Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jerrold D. Green

By starting the unorthodox practice of permitting family members to visit those in custody, there is an increasingly large group of Afghans who have experienced positive exposure to US personnel and operations in Afghanistan.

US Media: American Waterboarding Good, Foreign Waterboarding Bad

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

According to a new study form Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, since the beginning of the War on Terror, and especially since the Abu Ghraib to...

Six years on Abu Ghraib victims still fighting for justice

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

By Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt, Amnesty International's Business and Economic Relations Group Abu Ghraib will live on in collective memory as one of the...

The Government Made Me Do It?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Hmm, CACI can't be very happy about this development. Almost about two years ago it announced the release of Our Good Name, A Company's Fight to Defen...

Torture and America

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jack Healey

As Americans, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that foreign leaders who violate the human rights of their citizens face justice. But do we demand that our own leaders face justice when they violate the human rights of civilians?

It All Depends on What You Mean by Regulation

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Perhaps I was hasty when I wrote most PMCs crave to comply with legal standards. These groups object to a proposed UN treaty to set screening standards to avoid alleged abuses by war zone guards.

Easy Reader: James Lord's My Queer War on Gays in the WWII Military

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Finkle

James Lord's memoir, My Queer War, recounts his experiences in the World War II years following his 1942 enlistment as a naïve 19-year-old homosexual.

Abu Ghraib Unit To Return To Iraq

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Army Reserve unit tarnished by the Abu Ghraib detainee-abuse scandal has been mobilized to return to Iraq in its first dep...

'Black Hearts' (Anatomy of a War Crime)

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gail McGowan Mellor

Black Hearts should be taught at West Point, Annapolis, and wherever else the styles and consequences of combat leadership are studied.