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American Torture

Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Tthere is but one crime for which anyone in America's national security state can be held accountable in a court of law, and that's leaking information that might put those in it in a bad light or simply let the American public know something more about what its government is really doing.

Torture in U.S. Custody: Why It Will Happen Again If We Don't Address It Now

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

If we don't take an introspective look at the policies and actions we've taken in the name of national security, actions that grossly violate our fundamental values, then we are leaving the door open for this to happen again.

American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Jameel Jaffer

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgTrained in the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the military interrogators and guards who tortured and dehumanized prisoners in U.S. custody after 9/11 were hardly without ethical bearings.

'I Begged for Them to Stop'

Nick Turse | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Try not to think about dying, because there's nothing you can do about it, because you're tied down, because someone is pouring that water over your face, forcing it into you, drowning you slowly and deliberately. You're helpless. You're in agony.

How to Gain Expertise in Recognizing Torture: Go to Law School

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

There was a scarcely noted but classic moment in the Senate hearings on the nomination of John Brennan, the president's counterterrorism "tsar," to become the next CIA director.

The Latin American Exception

Greg Grandin | Posted 04.20.2013 | World
Greg Grandin

All told, of the 190-odd countries on this planet, a staggering 54 participated in various ways in the American torture system. No region escapes the stain. No region, that is, except Latin America.

Outsourcing Torture

Allen Keller | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Allen Keller

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Thursday, CIA director nominee John Brennan noted that the United States "needs to make sure we are setting a standard for the world."

Zero Dark Thirty's Disturbing Flirt With Evil

Marina Nemat | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Marina Nemat

The movie Zero Dark Thirty opens with a torture seen, which is not unlike what I went through in Evin Prison in Tehran in 1982.

War Movie Marathon

Chris Kelly | Posted 07.27.2012 | Politics
Chris Kelly

Does torture fit with historical American values? One need only look to the filmography of the great Dana Andrews for the answer.

Who Authorized The Torture of Abu Zubaydah?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

For the defendants of the use of torture by U.S. forces -- still led by former Vice President Dick Cheney -- this has been a rocky few weeks.

British Court Rules Against UK and US in Case of Guantanamo Torture Victim Binyam Mohamed

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

In the lawless world of Guantánamo -- and the United States' even murkier network of secret prisons run by or on behalf of the CIA -- it has taken si...