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Bush Administration Torture

The Senate Torture Report as a Truth Commission

Roger Alford | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Roger Alford

We are beginning to understand the truth of what happened. Our souls are heavy as we learn of the silent, hidden past. Eventually we will pursue more than just truth.

Ali Watkins

Senator On Intelligence Committee: Torture Program Was Not Dick Cheney's Doing

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Senate Intelligence Committee conducting a full frontal assault against the CIA about the agency's use of torture in the post 9...

After Torture Report, Rights of Victims and Accountability for Perpetrators Must Not Be Denied

David Tolbert | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
David Tolbert

How can it be that the US, which so prides itself on its traditions of respect for the rule of law and human rights, simply turn a blind eye on this deep stain on its record without the resonance of hypocrisy? How can it revive its moral credibility?

Reading the Pictures: The Senate CIA Torture Report and Our Favorite Rice Photo of All Time

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Shaw

This ran in a NYT article in the Music section dated April 9, 2006, and it read, as we posted at the time, like "fiddling while Iraq burns." In light of the Senate C.I.A. torture report summary released yesterday, however, it strikes a different chord.

Is Torture an American Value?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

The debate over whether the CIA did or did not mislead the Bush administration is a red herring. The real issue is the persistent recourse to torture that the U.S. has relied on in its modern history.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

More Than A Quarter Of The World's Countries Helped The CIA Run Its Torture Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For several months before the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its controversial report on the CIA's torture program ...

The Corrupt Logic of Torture

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

I truly pray that the release of this report will be a turning point, an opportunity not only to look at what happened during the Bush Administration, but also to take a hard look at ourselves today. We as Americans must reject the corrupting logic of torture and work hard to see every other person as a human being first.

The Use of Torture Will Cause Blowback, Not the Torture Report

Jon Soltz | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

We tried to sound the alarm about what harm torture could bring. The Bush administration didn't listen. Had they, we simply wouldn't be here today. If there is any positive to come out of the release of this report, and turmoil that may come as a result of facts being released, let it be, finally, a wake-up call. Let it lead to the American people immediately disqualifying any candidate for president, in 2016, who won't clearly and definitively rule out the use of torture by intelligence or military under their administration. Let it serve as a reminder of our duty to hold our elected officials accountable for what they do, or plan to do, in our name. And let it remind us that the reasons against torture are more than just moral ones. They're quite practical, too.

Ali Watkins

Senate Report Says Torture Program Was More Gruesome, Widespread Than CIA Claimed

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the highly anticipated 500-page summary of its report on the CIA’s post-9/11 tor...

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.

US Must Ensure Accountability for "War on Terror" Abuses

David Tolbert | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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.