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Bush Administration Torture

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.

Time to Reckon with Torture

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

This past February, I was at a hearing in the Georgia House Defense & Veterans Affairs Committee to testify against a measure that would have had the ...

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...

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.

"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.

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?