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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 ...

Bush's Iraq Makes Obama's Syria a Much Tougher Sell

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

When the president takes the country to war... ...

Bradley Manning Headed To Prison, While Those Who Authorized Torture Go Free

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. -- Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for releasing 700,000 documents about the United States' worldwide...

W's Iraq War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

Ten years ago today the U.S. invaded Iraq with the goals of toppling Saddam Hussein, destroying its weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and freeing its people. Now, a decade later, Hussein is dead, but no WMDs were ever found, and the country has devolved into a de facto civil war.

10 Years Later: Looking Back on the Iraq War So We Can Clearly Look Forward

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

"The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting." It's one of Milan Kundera's most famous lines, from his novel The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. It's one worth keeping in mind as we approach March 20, the 10th anniversary of one of the biggest disasters in the history of the United States. That was the day George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and a team of others -- along with much of Washington and a very complicit mainstream media -- took the nation to war against Iraq. The devastating consequences of that war will continue for decades, but a full accounting has still yet to happen. Allowing the toxic mixture of lies, deception and rationalizations that led to that war to go unchallenged makes it more likely that we will make similar tragic mistakes in the future. So I hope we can use this moment to assess what really happened, to look back in order to look forward.

Hold Tight, Mr. President!

Murray Fromson | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Murray Fromson

The fate of Susan Rice is, of course, in your hands. But allow me to offer my encouragement to remain deliberate in selecting her as the next Secretary of State. Do not buckle to the absurdities of Washington gossip.

Playing Politics With Presidential Medals

David Macaray | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

The day will surely come when some future president awards the Medal of Freedom to George W. Bush. It will happen. But why on earth would an ex-president need the same medal that Richard Petty got?

How 'Curveball' Made Monkeys of U.S. Intelligence and the Bush White House

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

The black comedy of the Iraqi defector codenamed "Curveball" that has just resurfaced tells us much about how the U.S. has made such a mess in the Mideast.

The CIA And WMDs: A Discussion Of The Damning Evidence

The New York Review of Books | Fulton Armstrong, reply by Thomas Powers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The following letter, by a former US intelligence officer, was sent in response to Thomas Powers's review of Robert Jervis's Why Intelligence Fails: L...

'Reluctant Spy' Author John Kiriakou Reveals New Details On Zubaydah And Al Qaeda

CNN | Pam Benson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Washington (CNN) -- Just months after the 9/11 attacks, the United States appeared to have its biggest catch in the newly launched war on terror. Abu...

The Fall Of Greg Craig

TIME | Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearly 100 days after Barack Obama entered office, his top White House lawyer, Greg Craig, braced the President's senior advisers for a potentially ex...

CIA Eavesdropping Suit: Government Agrees To Pay $3 Million

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The government has agreed to pay $3 million to a former agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration who sued CIA officers for ille...

Judge: CIA Officials Misled Me; Unseals Secret Files

McClatchy | Michael Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A federal district judge ruled Monday that the CIA repeatedly misled him in asserting that state secrets were involved in a 15-year-old lawsuit involv...

Tenet Canceled Secret CIA Hit Teams: AP

AP | PAMELA HESS and ADAM GOLDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As CIA director in 2004, George Tenet terminated a secret program to develop hit teams to kill al-Qaida leaders, but his successors...

The Moral Failure of Our National Intelligence

Scott Atran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Atran

A new government report on the Bush administration's surveillance of personal commmunications reveals a familiar pattern of intellectual deafness and moral abuse of the country.

Cheney, Selling Cheney

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You can't turn on your TV these days without seeing the former veep with his latest account of what they did back when they were in charge, why they did it and how wonderfully it all worked. What's up with that?

Sam Stein

Cheney Blames 9/11 On Richard Clarke: "He Obviously Missed It"

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Dick Cheney's recent and ongoing media blitz has been defined not just by the fervor with which he has defended his approach to national security affa...

Stop the Presses: Cheney's Re-emergence Is Finally Explained!

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Nancy Pelosi, this week, accused the CIA of lying. Who, journalists collectively ask, could ever accuse the CIA of lying? Who indeed? Almost anybody, it seems to me.

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.

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.

Torture, Done in Our Name

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rick Horowitz

If the rest of us are to live with ourselves, if we're to regain our own consciences, first we have to see it for what it was, and call it by its rightful name, this thing that was done in our name.

Psycho: Bush's Willing Medical Torturers

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Simply releasing the documents about their embrace of torture has further soiled Bush and Cheney's legacy. But whether that is punishment enough is another matter.

Meet The Real Press

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stu Kreisman

The fourth estate has abdicated its responsibilities to Stewart, Letterman, Olbermann, Maddow, Campbell Brown and the bloggers on the internet.

Dear Dick: We Have Received Your Resume...

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Malanowski

Dear Dr. Rice: This is to confirm that you will be teaching a course at The Learning Annex on Saturday, January 31st, to be entitled "Power Enabling: Smart Women, Costly Blunders.''

A Challenge to Publishers: Say No to Gonzo

Andrew Foster Altschul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrew Foster Altschul

But what if the answer to publishers' problems lies not in finding the right book to publish but in finding the right book not to publish?