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Bush Administration Torture

The Torah of Torture vs. Torah of Truth: Udall's Sacred Task

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For a brief moment of sacred opportunity, the American people has a chance to learn the truth about our government's deliberate use of torture as an act of policy. Senator Mark Udall holds that moment in his hands.

In America, It's Always Torture Approval Month

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

I'll bet you didn't know that June is "torture awareness month." In this country, however, as a recent Amnesty International survey indicated, Americans are essentially living in Torture Unawareness Month, or perhaps even Torture Approval Month -- not just in June 2014 but every month of the year.

Doctors May Not Be Able to Tell When Dick Cheney Actually Dies

Jerry and Joe Long | Posted 06.06.2014 | Comedy
Jerry and Joe Long

Baltimore, Maryland -- Researchers at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine announced today that former Vice President Dick Cheney is so morally decaye...

Why Pres. Obama Should Have Prosecuted the Bush Administration for War Crimes -- and Still Can (By Other Means)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Engaging in counterfactual, what-if history can be uselessly speculative, but here are three demonstrable ways the Obama administration -- and America too -- have been hurt by not prosecuting Bush officials for the crimes of torture and fraudulent war.

Matt Sledge

Human Rights Advocates Call For Release Of Senate Torture Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

Human rights advocates called Tuesday for the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture now caught in the middle of a dispute o...

What Terror Requires

Jared Del Rosso | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Jared Del Rosso

What we learned from the Bush administration's experiment with "enhanced interrogation" is that American lawyers and elected officials could review and approve even abject cruelty, finding a home for it in U.S. law.

The Siren Song of Unreason

David Beem | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
David Beem

The fact that Republicans supported their corrupt president doesn't make the accusations against the Obama Administration baseless, but it should be enough to give Republican voters pause as we go forward.

United States Must Ensure Accountability for "War on Terror" Abuses

David Tolbert | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
David Tolbert

The U.S. Department of Justice now has sufficient information to warrant a criminal investigation of those who commissioned and approved policies that resulted in torture and illegal treatment of detainees. There is indeed a moral imperative to get to the bottom of this dark chapter in American history.

Joshua Hersh

Bush-Era Torture Program Spanned Over 50 Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. counterterrorism practice known as extraordinary rendition, in which suspects were quietly moved to secret prisons abroad and o...

Zero Dark Thirty -- Torture Is the American Way?

Glenn L. Carle | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Glenn L. Carle

Understand this, from someone who had some involvement in our "enhanced interrogation" program. Torture does not work; it makes it harder to evaluate what detainees say, and more suspect. It is unnecessary, it is counterproductive, it is illegal, and it is immoral.

An Auspicious Day

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Whether the movie actually implies that torture led to bin Laden, or whether, as the filmmakers suggest, that idea is completely outlandish, it is true that a significant portion of the public continues to believe that torture is effective.

Why Torture Is Still Wrong

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Kathryn Bigelow's new film, Zero Dark Thirty, has reignited the debate over the role torture should play in U.S. counterterrorism policy. Here's the CliffsNotes answer: none.

Torture Again?! Romney Advisers Say Yes; Religious Communities Say NO

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The NY Times recently reported that some advisers of presidential candidate Mitt Romney urged him to reverse the Obama Administration's ban on the use of torture. I'm writing to urge that we join in calling on Mr. Romney to explicitly and publicly reject that advice.

Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

President Obama has closed the CIA's "black sites," But via rendition -- the sending of terrorist suspects to the prisons of countries that torture -- and related policies, his administration has outsourced human rights abuse to Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere.

National Security As Culture War: Why Civil Libertarians Lose the Argument

Jimmy Soni | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Jimmy Soni

Why is Guantanamo still open? Why has there been no public accounting for the use of torture? Why does President Obama successfully claim the right to assassinate American citizens living abroad? And why do civil libertarians lose arguments of this sort time and again?

Choose Our Highest Values, Reject Fear

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

We must not lose sight of our goal of maintaining safety while promoting American values through embodying them in laws and behavior. Our country should be focused on ending terrorism, not on terrorizing others.

The Danger Of Going Back To The Dark Side

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

As people of faith, we know that torture is always and unequivocally wrong. God created all people with dignity and worth, and we grieve knowing that inflicting harm and cruelty on another human being scars and diminishes us all.

Dick And Liz Cheney: Obama Owes Bush Administration An Apology

Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, along with his daughter Liz, praised President Barack Obama Sunday for the drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki...

Bush Kept Out of Canada, Can We Keep Him Out of Minnesota Too?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Please JOIN US for an anti-torture candlelight vigil dedicated to detainees and victims of torture authorized by George Bush! Wednesday, September2...

How Do We Justify Indicting Roger Clemens For Lying But Not Indicting Those Persons Who Authorized and Directed Torture?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Isn't it ironic that Roger Clemons is indicted for lying to Congress about steroid use, while those who authorized and directed the use of torture remain uncharged and unpunished?

Republicans On Torture, Post-Osama Bin Laden: Defending Against Prosecution?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

In these days since President Barack Obama announced that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, notice how quickly Re...

Bush Boasts of Approving Torture, While Holder Declines Prosecution for Destroying Evidence

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

This Veterans' Day, executive impunity for human rights abuses is once again in the news. Former President George W. Bush openly admitted authorizing ...

Ashcroft v. al-Kidd: Immunity for the Shameless?

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

Who is responsible for implementing the policies that led Kansas-born Abdullah al-Kidd to be detained under false pretenses for 16 days, without being charged for a crime?

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...

Unhappy Anniversary: Eight Years of Continuing Lawlessness

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The Defense Department now obstructs justice by suppressing evidence of its own criminal actions. This sordid history indicates the perverse depths to which our nation has unfortunately fallen.