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If a Tree Falls in the Forest, is it Alright to Torture?

Gwen Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gwen Davis

This latest revelation of the horrors endorsed and probably conceived by that administration is insupportable, once digested.

Why Rendition?

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

The president should be challenged. His campaign words on torture are empty, rendered meaningless with his "new" policy on rendition.

CIA Documents Don't Back Up Cheney Claims On Waterboading | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Internal CIA reports released by the Obama administration on Monday suggest that former vice president Dick Cheney was right about one thing: the CIA'...

Yes, Scots, That's Outrageous

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

There's a wacked out reward system going on in world culture these days

Cheney Memoir: Former VP Uncloaks His Frustration With Bush

AP | Barton Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON Former Vice President Dick Cheney believes his old boss, President George W. Bush, gradually turned away from his advice during their secon...

The Iraq War: Too Important for Town Halls?

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

If major issues affecting the populace for decades require a thorough national discussion, how come there were no town hall meetings back in 2003 to debate the wisdom of invading Iraq?

Mary Cheney Difficult For Secret Service Agents: Book

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last month, the New York Post reported that a new book depicted President George W. Bush's daughters as a nightmare for Secret Service agents. Now ano...

The Birth of Desperation: Irresponsible Opposition

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Republicans are imploding, and the resulting compression into a black hole of nothingness is not pretty. Apparently nothing can escape this growing object, not even light or logic.

Obama's Health Plan: We're Being Bamboozled

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Critics who refer to Obama's proposed public health plan as socialism have got it all wrong. The menace we face is the triumph of corporatism; the corporate state wedded to the government.

Cheney, Bush Officials, Considered Using The Military To Arrest Terror Suspects In U.S.

AP | MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID JOHNSTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, N.Y., suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects in...

Hey War Hawks: What Are You Thinking These Days?

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

Dick Cheney may have thought we'd be welcomed as liberators, but anyone who compared the Middle East of 2003 to Europe before World War Two was off the rails.

An Endstate Strategy in Afghanistan, Not Exit Strategy

Jonathan Morgenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Morgenstein

Exit strategy implies that the top military priority is getting our troops out. An endstate strategy envisions what we want the conditions on the ground to look like and figures out how to get there.

Cheney Meant Well

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Criminal law says that facts aren't enough to establish guilt. There also has to be mens rea -- a guilty mind. Here's the best I can do on Cheney's behalf: He meant well and he knew better.

Obama's "Drip, Drip, Drip..." Intelligence Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama faces a steady drip, drip, drip of stories leaking and becoming public. Wiretapping stories, torture stories, and secret CIA covert stories were all in the news in the past week alone.

CIA Secret Program Was To Capture Or Kill Al Qaeda Operatives

Wall Street Journal | SIOBHAN GORMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to c...

Obama Learns the Bush Maneuver

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

The Democratic response to criticism was lifted directly from the Bush playbook. They are saying that without the stimulus things would be much worse.

How Iceland's Lawyers Enabled Fraud

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

The lack of clear ethical rules and the frontier justice mentality in Iceland continues to cause confusion and raise questions about the legal profession's ability to regulate itself in Iceland.

In Dependence Day 2009

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

We have never been more reliant on the generosity of others and less able to act like grown-ups and fend for ourselves than any time since the Revolution.

The Meaning of Treason

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

I first read Rebecca West's Meaning of Treason in the 1990s. At the time I was more interested in the looping grace of West's sentences than in h...

Missing the Point -- Again!

Eberhard Kronhausen and Phyllis Kronhausen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eberhard Kronhausen and Phyllis Kronhausen

Mental health simply requires a high degree of consistency in one's thinking and whole lifestyle. There's just no way of having your cake and eat it, too!

Thank You, Bill Maher, For Asking Where in the World is Barack Obama and What is He Going To Do About Healthcare?

Anne Dunev | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anne Dunev

Most decent people cannot conceive that anyone would profit from knowingly harming others. That is the flaw in capitalism. And that is one reason that evil can exist.

Sam Stein

Liz Cheney On Iraq: "We Made Mistakes ... No Question About It" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Liz Cheney admitted on Monday that when it came to her father's handling of the occupation of Iraq by U.S. forces, "certainly we made mistakes." "The...

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.

A Question for Dick Cheney: Should We Now Waterboard Tiller's Murderer?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Roeder is claiming the now-infamous "ticking time bomb" scenario of what can only be termed domestic terrorism. Doesn't this mean that he should immediately be waterboarded?

When Will Dick Cheney's Tower of Lies Finally Come Tumbling Down on Him?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

As recently as two weeks ago, Cheney was still banging the drum about Saddam's "known ties to Mideast terrorists." His ongoing Forget Everything I Ever Told You Tour is historical revisionism at its most despicable.