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The F Word: Today's Secrets Are In Plain Sight

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Today's biggest "secrets" don't require a top-secret hiding or marking "confidential". They just require politicians, a press corps --and a public--that's paying no attention at all.

Torture Has To Be Investigated No Matter What Dick Cheney Calls It

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Dick Cheney may like to call those interrogations "enhanced," but in everyday parlance they're what the DOJ is implicitly acknowledging: tortured.

How to Raise a Hero

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

BYSTANDERS stand by and watch while other kids are bullied. HEROES don't let bullying happen: they intervene, get help. They are out to save the world, one kid at a time.

Torture Accountability at Last - for Peru

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It is not cliche or radical to demand the U.S. hold our own torturers (at all levels) to the same level of accountability as British mining corporations.

Ishtar Lives! Men Who Stare at Goats

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Jones

My theory is that Hollywood decided to remake Ishtar. The reason, I can only guess: global warming. It's causing everything else these days.

Congress To Keep Detainee Abuse Photos Hidden

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress is set to allow the Pentagon to keep new pictures of foreign detainees abused by their U.S. captors from the public, a mov...

"Friending" Binyam Mohamed

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Naomi Wolf

Recently I have been in touch with Binyam Mohamed, who was released from Guantánamo in February -- after seven years' captivity without charges.

Robert Gates Bars Release Of Torture Photos

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has used powers granted to him by a controversial new law to block the court-ordered release of numerous photos of deta...

How General McChrystal May Have Hurt Himself

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

From Generals MacArthur to Shinseki, history has taught us that trying to pressure your commander-in-chief from the outside almost never results in a change of opinion from the president.

The Torture Report

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Five years after Abu Ghraib, the Defense Department is still withholding photographs showing prisoners being abused at other facilities, as well as interrogation directives used by special forces.

Metaphor Madness

Bob Giloth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Giloth

ACORN wrongly gave advice to people who were trying to take advantage of public and private funds for illegal purposes. Were they breaking the law or the public trust? In either case, not Abu Ghraib by a long shot.

Camp Bucca: Military Closes Largest Detention Camp In Iraq

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP BUCCA, Iraq — The U.S. military on Wednesday closed Camp Bucca, an isolated desert prison that was once its largest lockup in Iraq, as it m...

Inmates Attack Guards At Iraq's Abu Ghraib Prison

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Abu Ghraib prison inmates rioted for a second straight day Friday to demand better conditions, setting fire to mattresses and seizing ...

The Tangled Roots of the Terror Psychology: J. Robert Lennon's Novel "Castle"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Lennon's unusual, very ambitious novel brings us closer to the terror protagonist than any post-9/11 novel yet.

Investigate Alleged Abuse of Terror Suspects

Navi Pillay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Navi Pillay

I hope there is a swift examination of the various allegations of abuse made by former and current detainees in Guantanamo and other US-run prisons.

The Scapegoat's Apology

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

William Calley has apologized for his role in the My Lai massacre; now it's time to atone.

FLASHBACK: Ted Kennedy Vs. John Ashcroft (VIDEO)

Attackerman | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As we dig through the latest rounds of torture disclosures, it's instructive to remember a moment from June of 2004. In the aftermath of the Abu Ghrai...

This Democrat Is Disappointed With His President and His Party

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Democrats not only own the White House, but also have an overwhelming majority in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Yet oddly they're still acting as if they're on the outside looking in.

ReThinking Standard Operating Procedure: Yes, Virginia, We Really Do Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

In light of a new report set to be released today from the CIA, I want to take another look at Standard Operating Procedure, Errol Morris' documentary about torture at Abu Ghraib.

Fox News "Can't Get a Straight Answer" from White House

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The hypocritical Republican crybabies at Fox are outraged over a heated exchange last Thursday between Obama's press secretary Robert Gibbs and their White House correspondent, Major Garrett.

The Gates Affair: Why We Care

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Bruno Sanz

Inheritance is White, poor credit scores, Black. A missing woman is White and a fugitive on the loose is Black.

Washington Post Endorses Abu Ghraib Scapegoating For Torture

Salon | Glenn Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Washington Post Editorial Page -- keeper of all establishment Washington wisdom -- today advocates that low-level CIA interrogators who went beyon...

Releasing Detainee Photos Would Bring More Harm To Victims: Commentary

nytimes.com | WILLIAM QUINN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DESPITE demands by human rights advocates that photos documenting abuse of military detainees be made public, the Senate last month passed legislation...

In the Shadows of "Our" Torture

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carol Smaldino

With a kind of paranoia, we deny and project parts of ourselves: in the meantime over the course of history we have felt justified in blaming, hating, fearing, conquering and even torturing.

Free Bernie Madoff

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

What if, instead of sentencing Bernie Madoff today to spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge decided that we should let the criminal mastermind "move forward" and enjoy his golden years?