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Bush Administration Torture

Torture Memos -- Next Step

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Despite some domestic criticism, the president was correct in releasing the largely un-redacted Bush era "torture memos."

Sam Stein

Obama On Spanish Torture Investigation: I Prefer To Look Forward

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Asked for the first time to respond to the likelihood that Spanish prosecutors will target officials in the Bush administration for sanctioning tortur...

The Torture Lawyers: Where Are They Now?

Andrew Woods | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Woods

William "Jim" Haynes II was hired in 2008 as Chief Corporate Counsel at Chevron Corporate Office in San Ramon, CA. Why would Chevron hire Haynes?

Rachel Maddow Presses Colin Powell Over His Role In Approving Bush Admin Interrogation Policy (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rachel Maddow sat down with former Secretary of State Colin Powell Wednesday night to discuss the approval of enhanced interrogation techniques by the...

How It Was: Terror and Water-Boarding the Insane in Philadelphia

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Agin

It seems that everyone in the world knows about water-boarding except certain people in the Bush administration. Our good fortune is that the Bush adm...

Why the War Crimes?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

The reporting that Abu Zubaydah wasn't the feared number 3 of Al-Qaeda, was -- or should be -- the last step in removing the scales from the eyes of all but the Cheney retainers.

Bush's Tortured Legacy

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Despite Cheney's stubborn insistence that information obtained from tortured detainees stopped "a great many" terrorist attacks, he will present no evidence to back up that assertion.

Author Of Bush Torture Memos Regrets Style, Not Content

The Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview yesterday with the Orange County Register, picked up by Jason Leopold at The Public Record, John Yoo says he doesn't regret the substa...

Basic Algebra: What Will the Verdict Be?

John Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Cusack

Try them, and let a jury decide. We know ours is not a nation of cowards. What will our leaders do?

Almost is Not Enough

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Healey

As we move into the new year, with a new administration and a new outlook on the world, let us work toward "no on torture" both at home and around the world.

The Beginning of the End?

Gabriel London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel London

With prisons running at just under double capacity for the last decade, judges have ruled that California has been unable to meet the health and mental care needs of its whopping 157,000 inmates.

Cheney: Chief of Churls

John Seery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Seery

It's becoming clearer and clearer that official acts of cruelty had little to do, either in intent or effect, with enhancing national security or producing reliable intelligence.

A Truth Commission to Investigate Bush-Cheney Administration Abuses

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

The Huffington Post community has played a vital role pursuing, demanding, and exposing the Bush-Cheney administration's numerous abuses. But there's still more we don't know, and more we must uncover.

Hold the Intelligence Community Accountable

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric C. Anderson

It's time for Congress to hold the intelligence community accountable and Senator Leahy may be offering just the means to accomplish that task.

Who's Running Guantanamo?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

On January 20, the answer to that question seemed obvious. However, on January 29, the Commissions' recently appointed chief judge provided the first challenge to the president's plans.

Cheney Sets the Trap

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You'd think that the at-long-last-former Vice President of the US might take his eight years of power and his 13 points of public approval and slink off to one of those undisclosed locations he liked so much.

Officials: Obama Will Continue Using Rendition As Counter-Terrorism Tool

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The CIA's secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a win...

A New Approach to Terrorism

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Kennedy

A war on terror which undermines the most basic values of society -- life, liberty, the rule of law -- is not worth waging if we end up creating a society which mirrors the repression we battled in the first place.

Obama Lawyers Set To Defend Bush 'Torture Memo' Author In Court

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In Democratic legal circles, no attorney has been more pilloried than former Bush Justice Department official John Yoo, chief author of the so-called ...

Chaos and Lies: Why Obama Was Right To Halt The Guantanamo Trials

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

In one of his first acts as president, Obama ordered prosecutors in Guantanamo's Military Commission trials to ask for a four-month stay on all proceedings.

Bush Hangs on to False Images in Farewell

Jonathan Diamond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Diamond

When my country is threatened and someone tells me we can stop the threat by torturing people, maybe we ought to think a little bit before acting on our conscience's call to "protect the homeland!"

Memo to Obama: Moving Forward Doesn't Mean You Can't Also Look Back

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Will Obama's promise to protect and defend the Constitution include an investigation into the assaults on it perpetrated by members of the Bush administration?

Maybe, Going Forward, We Should Just Let Bernie Madoff Off?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

I understand it's smart for Obama to hold his cards close on torture and war crimes prosecutions, but the reason that's being given for not pursuing them makes little sense.

E-Samizdat works!

Dave Belden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dave Belden

If an MLK led a Selma march today and the media ignored it, as they have ignored so many anti-war and anti-torture protests these last years, would it...

Seven Years of Guantanamo, Seven Years of Torture and Lies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Seven years later, it should be abundantly clear that none of the defenders of Guantanamo who indulged in hysterical rhetoric had any idea what they were talking about.