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David Addington

NYT: Prosecute The Torturers

The New York Times | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official ...

Jon Ward

Jim DeMint, Former Dick Cheney Aide David Addington Poised To Make Heritage Relevant Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jim DeMint's recent move from the U.S. Senate to The Heritage Foundation got lots of attention. What has been less noticed is that DeMin...

Another Explanation for Powell's Endorsement of President Obama

Scott Lilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Lilly

When Colin Powell or other military leaders look at the Romney campaign and find that more than a third of the national security advisors come from a single conservative think tank, maybe they fear a disastrous replay of the past decade.

Why We've Learned Nothing From Watergate

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

The country needs and wants strong presidents, but the Constitution and law exist to limit abuse of power -- a standard that must continue to apply to our chief executives.

Rogue's Gallery: CNN's Ideologically Rigid, Scandal-Tainted, Ethics-Investigation-Haunted GOP Debate 'Panel'

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.27.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

David Addington. Paul Wolfowitz. Ed Meese. It's a Rogue's Gallery of government officials gone wild, a motley crew of the short-sighted, the benighted, and the nearly-indicted. Or, as CNN calls them, "experts."

Dan Froomkin

Is Torture In America's Future As Well As In Our Country's Past?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics

The Fourth of July is a joyous celebration of the United States' independence. And yet this country finds itself turning 235 at a morally precarious m...

Top 7 Underemployed Former Bush Officials

Paul Tullis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Tullis

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Unhappy Anniversary: Eight Years of Continuing Lawlessness

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The Defense Department now obstructs justice by suppressing evidence of its own criminal actions. This sordid history indicates the perverse depths to which our nation has unfortunately fallen.

"Bomb Power," or How the Atomic Bomb Ended a War, Increased Presidential Power and Eroded the Constitution

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

While the bomb ended World War II, it also started a chain reaction that exploded into America's permanent secret security state -- with emphasis on the word 'permanent.'

Kouchner's Lament: Misunderstanding the Net

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The internet today -- despite the occasional bouts of disinformation and invented scandal -- is far more of an effective and immediate marketplace of information than the world for which Bernard Kouchner seems to pine.

Pressure Mounts on DOJ to Produce Missing E-Mails

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Pressure is growing on the Justice Department to produce supposedly "deleted" e-mails that could reveal whether government lawyers in the Bush administration were instructed to devise legal justifications for torture.

What We Need To Hear About the Torture Report

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the investigation into the Justice Department memos that authorized the torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the Bush administration.

Former Guantanamo Prosecutor Loses Job for Criticizing Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

orris Davis, the retired Air Force Colonel who served as the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions at Guantánamo until 2007, has just lost his job for writing an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

Judge Orders Release From Guantanamo of Kuwaiti Who Met Bin Laden

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Following Judge Kollar-Kotelly's ruling, the DOJ did not indicate whether it will appeal the decision, but I sincerely hope that the government follows the judge's advice and repatriates al-Rabia.

Spanish Judge Resumes Torture Case Against Six Senior Bush Lawyers

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Judge Baltasar Garzón is pressing ahead with a case against six senior Bush administration lawyers for implementing torture at Guantánamo.

Former Insider Shatters Credibility of Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lt. Col. Vandeveld said, "I simply could not in good conscience continue to work for an ad-hoc, hastily created apparatus whose evident resort to expediency and ethical compromise were so contrary to my own."

Cheney's "Privileged" Interview Already Leaked By Personal Lawyer

Emptywheel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

You know how Obama's DOJ claims that we can't see Cheney's interview with Patrick Fitzgerald because it's privileged? Well, Dick Cheney's lawyer alrea...

Cheney and Torture

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

Cheney and his ilk don't understand liberty, and they don't understand freedom, what it costs and what it's worth. They are small men and cowards, selling out the rule of law at the first whiff of danger.

My Message To Obama: Great Speech, But No Military Commissions and No "Preventive Detention"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Look at the sentence, "Hold[ing] individuals to keep them from carrying out an act of war," replace "an act of war" with "any crime," and you will realize why the proposed policy is so terrifying.

Guantanamo: A Prison Built On Lies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

It is difficult to see how much of the "evidence" against the Gitmo prisoners can be anything other than a tissue of lies extracted through torture, coercion, bribery and exploitation.

We Can't Handle the Lie!

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

If a picture tells a thousand words, the pictures now being held back by Obama, scream volumes. Their testimony demands the light of day much like the men in our containment.

Obama's First 100 Days: A Start On Guantanamo, But Not Enough

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Just Binyam Mohamed and the Yemeni doctor, Ayman Batarfi have been cleared for release. At this rate, of course, it will take decades to close Guantánamo.

Ten Ways to Bring the Bush Administration's Torture Ten to Justice (and One Way to Avoid)

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

It is worrisome that even the most outraged of our leaders inside the beltway are calling only for the familiar bipartisan truth commission to "investigate."

Commission on Accountability Should Be Part of Our Response to America's Torture Nightmare

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

We need something like a truth commission in this country to explore how and why America became a nation that embraced torture at the highest levels of political office.

Who Authorized The Torture of Abu Zubaydah?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

For the defendants of the use of torture by U.S. forces -- still led by former Vice President Dick Cheney -- this has been a rocky few weeks.