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Bush Administration Torture

Bush Rejected Ashcroft's DOJ Picks In Favor Of Torture-Legalizing Loyalist

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft offered the White House a list of five candidates to lead the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel in ear...

Ashcroft Suggests CIA Started Torturing, Then Sought Legal Cover

Salon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Much attention has been focused on the bizarre legal reasoning behind the Bush administration's "torture memos," a series of documents starting in Aug...

Red Cross: CIA Tortured, Officials Could Be Guilty Of War Crimes

NY Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Red Cross investigators concluded last year in a secret report that the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation methods for high-level Qaeda priso...

Confronting and Ending the Politics of Humiliation: Part 1, From the Warsaw Ghetto to Guantanamo Bay

Stephen Ducat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ducat

Those who comprise the current Republican administration are certainly not the first political rulers to deploy humiliation as a psychological weapon against those it perceives as a threat.

What Will Happen to the "Unitary Executive" in the Next Presidential Term?

Charles Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Shaw

The policy of the "Unitary Executive" (which grants Bush unchecked power during national emergencies) was the "single most successfully implemented policy" of the Bush/Cheney administration.

Script Doctors

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

After the Court's ruling that Guantanamo detainees are now entitled to habeas corpus, all the president's men are working overtime so they can stack the deck strongly in favor of winning convictions.

The Supreme Court Returns the Constitution to Guantánamo

Deborah Colson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Colson

The Court has returned the Constitution to Guantánamo, where rules violate basic principles of justice and human rights. But the military commission system cannot be fixed with one good decision.

The Smoking Gun

Errol Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Errol Morris

There are smoking guns for our prisoner abuse everywhere but people pretend they don't exist. How many torture memos does an administration have to promulgate before the public gets the idea they are promulgating torture?

Will Thomas

Rove: Stress Positions Are Torture When Done To John McCain

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Karl Rove's recent opinion piece on John McCain contradicts the definition of torture to which his former employer adheres. Despite repeated claims t...

Jason Linkins

New York Times Finally Finds Some Time To Mention Bush's Support Of Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today's New York Times editorial, "The Torture Sessions," is shot through with references to time: Ever since Americans learned that American soldier...

NYT Op-Ed: The Torture Sessions

NY Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ever since Americans learned that American soldiers and intelligence agents were torturing prisoners, there has been a disturbing question: How high u...

Legal Experts Weigh In On Bush Torture Meetings

Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With nine months remaining in President George W. Bush's term, virtually no legal analyst expects that anyone in his administration will face indictme...

George Bush: I Was Aware Of Harsh Tactics Meetings

ABC News | JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG, HOWARD L. ROSENBERG and ARIANE de VOGUE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Bush says he knew his top national security advisors discussed and approved specific details about how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be...

Graphic New Abu Ghraib Photos Released (NSFW)

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. As an expert witness in the defense of an Abu Ghraib guard who was court-martialed, psychologist Philip Zimbardo had acc...

CIA Official Who Ordered Tapes Destroyed Lawyers Up

TPMmuckraker | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Blink and you'll miss it in today's New York Times piece on the House's torture ban. But Jose Rodriguez, the CIA's ex-operations director who ordered ...

Bush Admin Asks Judge Not To Investigate CIA Tapes

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

he Bush administration has told a federal judge it was not obligated to preserve videotapes of CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists and urged th...

Bush Administration Going To Court Over CIA Tapes

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A federal judge has ordered a hearing on whether the Bush administration violated a court order by destroying CIA interrogation videos of two al-Qaida...

Mukasey Won't Give Congress CIA Tape Details

Washington Post | Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey today sharply rebuffed congressional demands for details about the Justice Department's inquiry into the destructi...

Kit Bond Tries To Backpedal From Waterboarding Comments

Crooks and Liars | Nicolle Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obviously, the Republican leadership has gotten to Sen. Kit Bond with the message: You're. Not. Helping. Our. Cause. by likening waterboarding to swim...

CIA Director To Testify About Destroyed Videotapes

Associated Press | Pamela Hess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden faces two days of testimony behind closed doors at the Senate and House intelligence committees to answer questions a...

Detainee Lawyer Claims Has CIA Pictures of Guantanamo Torture

The Independent | Robert Verkaik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lawyers for a British resident who the US government refuses to release from Guantanamo Bay have identified the existence of photographs taken by CIA ...

Bush: CNN's Candy Crowley Gave Me A Virus!

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

At this morning's press conference on Iran, serious talk eventually dwindled and the President made small talk with reporters. When conversation turn...

President Bush To Hold Press Conference This Morning

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Bush, entrenched in disputes with Congress over spending and the war in Iraq, wants to intensify pressure on lawmakers when he addresses the...

White House: Mukasey Can Hedge On Torture Questions

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House on Friday defended Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding a form of torture, say...