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Bush Administration Torture

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?

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...

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.

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.

Obama Prompted To Prosecute Bush

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With few exceptions the transition period has been a model of presidential goodwill and cooperation. Apparently, the curious users who have been submi...

Regarding Panetta: Let's Not Forget About Gates

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Placing an inexperienced person like Leon Panetta at CIA for his clean hands and "managerial expertise" will cost lives on the day of the next domestic terrorist attack.

Welcome to George W. Bush Camp

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

What is this group? It's none other than the George W. Bush Society. Their yearly gala (that happens every six months...'fuzzy math') is a riot!

The Bush Presidency in Four Words

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

The one word Americans use most to describe President Bush is "incompetent." While no compliment, the word fails to convey the condemnation warranted by the last eight years.

Cheney Throws Down Gauntlet, Defies Prosecution for War Crimes

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Why is Cheney so sanguine about admitting he is a war criminal? Because he's confident that either President Bush will preemptively pardon him or President-elect Obama won't prosecute him.

Clint and Cheney: a Tale of Two Dicks

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The VP and Eastwood's character are both gruff, prickly, taciturn, sandpaper-voiced men, given to conservative views, macho posturing, and a narrow view of right and wrong. And they both always seem on the verge of telling people around them to go f**k themselves. Read More Will The Madoff Debacle Finally End The "Who Could Have Known?" Era? Iraq. Fannie Mae. Citigroup. Bernie Madoff. When you look at the elements that were crucial to the creation of each of these debacles, it's amazing how much in common they all have. And not just in how they began but in how they ended: with those responsible being amazed at what happened, because...who could have known? Read More Watch: Arianna Talks New Media and Politics with Ashton Kutcher

Bush Says "So What?" Cheney Says "So?"

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Durang

Will we ignore the significant wrong-doing done in this administration? Will we end up with our own "So what?" and "So?" There must be accountability.

Bush: On the Line

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

President Bush and his henchmen are working overtime to ensure that the full extent of damage inflicted upon detainees never sees the light of day.

Breaking the Law: Bush Officials Feel the Heat

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Wallechinsky

If you happen to be either a terrorist seeking martyrdom or a Bush official who authorized the torture of the accused and would prefer that testimony regarding the torture not surface in a trial.

The Word from California

Larry Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Abrams

While many Americans feel quite content in contesting the "Gay Agenda," far fewer consider themselves out and out bigots willing to deny other people basic Human Rights.

Gitmo Gotcha, You Betcha

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Illegal conduct implemented at Gitmo has now metastasized to the shores of the United States. Where is the outrage?

Speaking of Torture

Temina Madon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Temina Madon

Was it just me, or did Fred Thompson's speech last night at the Republican National Convention sound like a report from Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo? At l...

Legal Torture Is Still Wrong

Michael Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Schwartz

The fact is that the Bush Administration's legal maneuvering has won over American citizens to torture. The only viable argument against torture now is the moral argument.

Unearthed: News of the Week the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

Ashcroft claims waterboarding isn't torture, Green energy sector jobs surge, Ford offers more fuel efficient vehicles in the U.S., and the White House tries to define contraception as abortion.

Judge For Bin Laden's Driver Nixes Evidence Collected Under "Highly Coercive" Conditions

AP | MIKE MELIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A former driver for Osama bin Laden knew the target of the fourth hijacked plane on Sept. 11, a prosecutor sai...