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Making His List: Presidential Pardons and Torture

Allen Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen Keller

At their essence, human rights, including a ban on torture, are about respecting human dignity. They are guiding principles for how and what governments ought and ought not do.

Clint and Cheney: a Tale of Two Dicks

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The VP and Eastwood's character are both gruff, prickly, taciturn, sandpaper-voiced men, given to conservative views, macho posturing, and a narrow view of right and wrong. And they both always seem on the verge of telling people around them to go f**k themselves. Read More Will The Madoff Debacle Finally End The "Who Could Have Known?" Era? Iraq. Fannie Mae. Citigroup. Bernie Madoff. When you look at the elements that were crucial to the creation of each of these debacles, it's amazing how much in common they all have. And not just in how they began but in how they ended: with those responsible being amazed at what happened, because...who could have known? Read More Watch: Arianna Talks New Media and Politics with Ashton Kutcher

Cheney's Confession Should Lead to Criminal Investigation of Bush's Torture Policies

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If the Bush administration would have at least acted like they might have done something wrong, maybe we could have moved on. But if Cheney is going on national TV to endorse torture, he has tied the hands of the country.

Shoe Fetishism...The Arab Way!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

If our journalists in the Arab world were as good at investigating and writing stories as they were in shoe tossing, we would have perhaps uncovered a whole series of Abu Ghraibs or even more horrific stories.

A History of Music Torture in the "War on Terror"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

U.S. military personnel were ordered to keep prisoners awake by blasting ear-splittingly loud music at them -- for days, weeks or even months on end -- at prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

Bush Ducks Flying Shoes -- Any Footwear for Donald Rumsfeld?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

There are not enough shoes in the world to express adequately the outrages the world has endured from the Bush administration over the past eight years.

Flag International: Global Perspectives On The American Flag

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lauri Lyons

What is America? Growing up, I have been able to view the country from several perspectives: Black, female, first-generation American, and a former military child.

A Bright New Day - But What Now, President Obama?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Millions of Americans have proved that they are hungry for change and have elected a president whose very identity bridges a divide in American society.

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.

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.

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.

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...