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Cia Interrogations

Sen. Levin: CIA Docs Do Not Prove Cheney's Torture Claim

The Plumline | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There's some important news about Dick Cheney and torture in a speech that Senator Carl Levin gave before the Foreign Policy Administration this week....

Why Obama Must Truly Hate Bush

Steve Benen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Benen

It's a real shame Bush and Cheney screwed up so spectacularly, and ignored the law so systematically, that it's interfering with Obama's desire to govern. But Obama signed up for this gig.

A Hollow and Horrible Equivocation

John Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Cusack

This is not an issue of partisan politics. It's a police matter... the investigation of a crime scene in which many more of us are complicit than is comfortable to recognize.

Zelikow: Harsh Interrogations A "Collective Failure"

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former State Department counselor Philip Zelikow told the first congressional panel convened to address allegations of torture that Bush administratio...

Ex-FBI Interrogator: Harsh Methods Didn't Work

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former FBI interrogator who questioned al-Qaida prisoners testified Wednesday that the Bush administration falsely boasted of suc...

The Price of Freedom

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

The enduring question is whether a small group of people in power have the right to redefine the nature of America's core values and ideals through policy decisions made under the cover of secrecy.

Justice Department Digging Deeper With Investigation Into Interrogation Tapes Destroyed By CIA

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When president Obama decided to release the Bush-era Justice Department's interrogation memos last month, he tried to calm an anxious CIA by publicly ...

New UN Report Shows the US Combo of Torture and Impunity Thrives in Iraqi Prisons

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

Iraqi authorities widely use torture to interrogate prisoners and extract confessions without fear of consequence. Sadly, the US doesn't have the credibility to confront these crimes.

Torture Finally Broke Them

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

The truth is long overdue. We as a nation need to recognize that the tactic of coercing information does not work.

Does Torture Work? Ask the Nazis Who Interrogated Noor Khan

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sheldon Filger

The martyrdom of Noor Inayat Khan demonstrates that torture is only effective when all understanding of the concept of liberty is lost to a nation.

Military Agency Called Harsh Methods 'Torture,' 'Unreliable'

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The military agency that helped to devise harsh interrogation techniques for use against terrorism suspects referred to the application of extreme dur...

Abu Ghraib Head: Bush Administration Scapegoated Us

CBS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, who ran Iraq prisons in 2003, including the notorious Abu Ghraib prison was insistent that all orders on interrogat...

Bush Memos Suggest Abuse Isn't Torture If A Doctor Is There

Propublica | Sheri Fink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden was fond of saying [1] that when it came to handling high-value terror suspects, he would play in fair territory...

Officials Studying Whether Harsh Interrogation Tactics Were Effective

Los Angeles Times | Greg Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The release of internal Bush administration interrogation memos this week answered long-standing questions about the CIA's techniques for getting pris...

Bush Memos Suggest Abuse Isn't Torture If a Doctor Is There

Sheri Fink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri Fink

Perhaps the most chilling aspect of the memos is their intimation that medical professionals conducted a form of research on the detainees, clearly without their consent.

CIA Officials Won't Be Prosecuted For Waterboarding, Obama Admin Says

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama absolved CIA officers from prosecution for harsh, painful interrogation of terror suspects Thursday, even as...

Cheney's Deflection of the Truth

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Malou Innocent

Despite what Vice President Cheney wants Americans to believe, his favored policies have neither made us safer nor limited the ability of terrorists to plan another attack.

CIA Destroyed 12 Videotapes Of Harsh Interrogations

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The CIA destroyed a dozen videotapes of harsh interrogations of terror suspects, according to documents filed Friday in a lawsuit o...

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?

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 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 Says No to Torture; Interrogators Say Yes to Obama

David Danzig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Danzig

Interrogators are lauding President Obama for signing an executive order that will shut down secret CIA prisons and place the use of coercive interrogation techniques completely off limits.

24: A Thriller With Few Surprises

David Danzig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Danzig

Junior soldiers have imitated techniques they have seen on the program. And military educators report that "24" is one of the biggest problems they have in their classrooms.

Dems Signal That CIA Agents Won't Be Prosecuted For Harsh Interrogations

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — While eager to find out more about the Bush administration's harsh interrogation and detainee policies, Senate Democrats are hintin...

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