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Bush Administration Torture

Is Technology Turning Up The Terror?

Cassandra M. Bellantoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Cassandra M. Bellantoni

The loudest voices spreading negativity never offer real solutions that might calm their followers' anxiety. Instead, they're using sound bites and scary headlines to drum up more fear.

Torture Memo Author Advocated Presidential Pardons, Jury Nullification

Murray Waas | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Murray Waas

A Bush administration attorney who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects advocated in 2006 that President Bush set aside recommen...

Jason Linkins

Torture's Clear Lessons Go Unlearned

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at Salon, Glenn Greenwald writes about the experience of watching Fox News explain an experiment conducted by French documentarians, in which participants on a fake game show were instructed to shock unseen contestants for incorrect answers. The experiment neatly mirrors a famous and similar study that found: "Even as the unseen contestants (who were actors) screamed in agony and pleaded for mercy -- and even once they went silent and were presumably dead -- 81% of the participants continued to obey the instructions." All of this apparently made Fox anchors Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum sad and confused and bothered!

Chilcot Inquiry: UK's Iraq Inquiry Turns Focus To Bush Officials

AP | DAVID STRINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — Britain's inquiry into the Iraq war will seek meetings with former members of the Bush administration after taking evidence from Tony B...

"Golden Shield" Doesn't Cover Condi's Torture Role

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

It was Condoleezza Rice who verbally approved the CIA's request to subject the first alleged al-Qaeda terrorist to waterboarding in July 2002.

Julian Hattem

ACLU Criticizes Obama Torture-Prosecution Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On the same day that President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, the nation's foremost civil liberties group criticized his administration's refus...

Torture Accountability at Last - for Peru

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It is not cliche or radical to demand the U.S. hold our own torturers (at all levels) to the same level of accountability as British mining corporations.

What Obama Is Up Against

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

We Americans harbor a quaint belief that a new president takes charge of a government that eagerly awaits his next command. But that's not how things work at the top, especially where "national security" is concerned.

Condoleezza Rice's Smoking Gun

Sebastian Doggart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sebastian Doggart

When I began investigating Condoleezza Rice four years ago, I had no idea she was complicit in torture.

Forever: A Letter to Obama

Ariel Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Dorfman

Amnesty USA asked me to write a letter to Obama asking him to prosecute all those responsible for torturing in the name of the USA during the previous administration. This is the letter I sent to him

Patriot Act: Congress Shouldn't Rush to Judgment (Again)

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

Striking a balance between protecting Americans' security and protecting American rights and freedoms is not always easy, but members of Congress have an obligation to try -- as well as a new opportunity.

My Testimony on 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'

Ali Faisal Al-Lami | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Faisal Al-Lami

In 2008, I was kidnapped from Baghdad International Airport by American civilians with no known affiliation, and was blindfolded and taken to a facility where I was initially interrogated in a hostile way.

Spanish Judge Resumes Torture Case Against Six Senior Bush Lawyers

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Judge Baltasar Garzón is pressing ahead with a case against six senior Bush administration lawyers for implementing torture at Guantánamo.

The Tangled Roots of the Terror Psychology: J. Robert Lennon's Novel "Castle"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Lennon's unusual, very ambitious novel brings us closer to the terror protagonist than any post-9/11 novel yet.

Torture Rules: How Much Pain and Suffering Works for You?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

So what is our policy on torture? What's allowed?

An Example to All the World

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrew Kimbrell

I entered my cab and began a conversation with my driver, a middle aged man of my vintage who informed me he was of Pakistani descent.

Sam Stein

Fleischer: Torture Investigation "Disgusting;" Nadler: It's Too Limited

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to launch a limited investigation of Bush-era interrogations of terror suspects has sparked intense criticism ...

Interrupting Unfriendly Persuasion

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

When persuasion is used without regard for the other person, when it becomes sadistic and reckless endangerment, it is what we have come to know as torture.

Holding Holder's Feet to the Fire

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

Attorney General Eric Holder is a man on a seat that is hot and getting ever hotter. But we still don't know if the lawyers who wrote the torture memos will be brought to justice.

Cheney Gets Blamed

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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The "Truthiness" Dilemma

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

What Nancy Pelosi knew and when she knew it hardly stems the flood of foreclosures, and whether she knew and failed to complain doesn't quite equate with directly ordering torture.

Congressman Ron Paul Talks Foreign Policy: New Face, Same Policy

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Congressman Ron Paul: I think Obama is purely political. I think he has backed down on what he said.

World Exclusive! Bush Admits Ordering Torture!

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Martin Lewis

I've just got back from visiting George W. Bush. We had a very nice chat for the most part. But he felt it was important to clear the air on the topic of waterboarding.

Petraeus Says U.S. Violated Geneva Conventions - What Will Cheney and Rush Say?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

I was stunned when Gen. Petraeus admitted today that the United States has violated the Geneva Conventions.

Second Thoughts on Cheney Indictment: Pardon Him ... And Others Too

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Obama should pardon not only Mr. Cheney, but everyone else in the prior administration who approved or knew about the illegal water-boarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques.