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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?

Torture, Healing and Accountability

Allen Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen Keller

We owe torture survivors, and we owe ourselves truth and accountability.

Never Forget: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Sadly, our celebrity-obsessed world is unlikely to pay much attention to the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, as the death of Michael Jackson dominates headlines.

CIA May Be Protecting Cheney With Blocked Report

The Plumline | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Friday, there may be a major development in the torture wars: The CIA is set to release portions of a 2004 report that reportedly found no proof th...

Secrecy Sacrificing National Security

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Our nation's most notorious criminals violate our most fundamental laws and remain not only free, but actively engaged in influencing our national security policies.

Jeff Muskus

Lieberman, Graham Threaten To Shut Down Senate Over Detainee Photos

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lambasted transparency advocates at a press conference Tuesday, when they renewed their p...

In Sri Lanka: Explaining the Tamil Tigers

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The Sri Lankan government has battled the Tamil Tigers on two fronts for almost three decades: on the battlefield and in the arena of world opinion. No one thought they could win militarily, but they did.

When it Comes to Torture, No One is Above the Law

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

American law is clear as to what constitutes torture. Those within the Bush administration who sanctioned torture, deliberately and unapologetically violated U.S. law and must be held responsible.

See No Evil

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The heavily armed, trained killer was "under stress" when he raped, then murdered a 14-year-old girl and tried to burn her body, after having murdered her parents and 7-year-old sister.

Cheney, Selling Cheney

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You can't turn on your TV these days without seeing the former veep with his latest account of what they did back when they were in charge, why they did it and how wonderfully it all worked. What's up with that?

What Should President Obama Tell the Muslim World in Cairo?

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

What should the President say, and do, in Cairo to make the best of his trip?

History Matters: Remembering Tiananmen (and Abu Ghraib)

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leah Anthony Libresco

In twenty years, will the iconic image of Tiananmen Square be in Chinese textbooks? Will the iconic image of Abu Ghraib be in ours?

Obama, Cairo and Institutionalizing Change

Andrew Belonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Belonsky

Egypt's government has worked at suppressing political opposition, employed torturous interrogation tactics and has a less-than-favorable human rights record.

Why No Investigation?

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

Why are the Congressional leadership of both parties bizarrely silent now, when the American people are demanding an investigation and prosecution of the crimes represented in the abuse photos?

President Obama's "Spock" Rationale On Iraq War Investigation Untenable

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

The President's refusal to investigate the Bush administration's policies and actions relating to the Iraq War is the embodiment of Vulcan logic -- free from messy human emotions and moral obligation.

General Ricardo Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission - VIDEO UPDATE

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Hidary

Last night, General Ricardo Sanchez, the former commander of all coalition forces in Iraq, became the first senior military officer from the Iraqi theater to call for a truth commission.

Taguba Denies Telegraph 'Rape Photos' Story, White House Urges Coverage

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House reporters received an unusual email on Saturday, with a subject line stating, "Important Please Read: From White House Press Secretary Rob...