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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...

Liz Cheney & Co. Have Little Faith in U.S. Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Liz Cheney may be right that excluding a witness derived by torture will make the government's case against Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani more difficult. But in the end, a fair trial will do far more to defeat al Qaeda than will foregoing justice altogether.

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.

Eight Year Anniversary of U.S. Torture Memos - Time is Ticking on Accountability

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

By Melina Milazzo, Pennoyer Fellow, Law and Security program This Sunday will mark eight years to the day in which lawyers in the Office of Legal Cou...

Camp Cropper: No Deposit, No Return

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Camp Cropper may someday be seen as a symbol of our protracted presence in a sovereign state, as well as a catalyst for its emergence as a no deposit, no return government.

Join the FAT (Fast Against Torture) on August 1, 2010

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Please consider participating in a 24 hour Fast Against Torture in memory of all those illegally and unethically tortured around the world, including, most importantly, those tortured and waterboarded by the Bush-Cheney Administration.

CIA Overreached On Terror Suspect Interrogations, Says Key Bush Lawyer

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — One of the key Bush administration lawyers in the evolution of the CIA's interrogation program cast doubt on whether the Justice De...

Dawn Johnsen's Fall and Justice Stevens' Replacement

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

While the news of Justice Stevens' retirement took most of the media attention on Friday, it's not really a distraction from Dawn Johnsen's fate. Both standoffs reveal the profound ambivalence in Obama's pledges to restore the rule of law.

Torture Memo Author Advocated Presidential Pardons, Jury Nullification

Murray Waas | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Murray Waas

A Bush administration attorney who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects advocated in 2006 that President Bush set aside recommen...

Shadow Prisoners

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Healey

The world's greatest democracy should not be in the business of spiriting people out of sight and outside of a legal system with built-in safeguards.

Liz Cheney's Impeccable Timing

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Cheney's attack conveniently shifted the spotlight away from other former Justice Department officials who actually are at risk of professional and criminal sanction.

Senate Committee Hearing on Ethics Report Disappoints

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

For anyone hoping the Justice Department would commit to further investigations that the White House instructed its lawyers to find legal justifications for torture, today was a disappointment.

CIA Interrogation Investigation: Senate Looks Into DOJ Attorneys Who Approved Methods

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee chairman told the Justice Department on Friday to hunt for the missing e-mails of an attorney who provided legal...

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.

Who Told Yoo To Do Those 'Bad Things'?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If White House officials were instructing the 'torture memo' authors to create legal justifications for a program those officials knew was likely illegal, then we have evidence of a high-level criminal conspiracy.

If Only the Torture Memos Were a Game Show

Allen Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen Keller

The DOJ report demonstrates the crucial need for a more full and comprehensive investigation. Until then, the rules of this particular reality game show remain tragically, and dangerously flawed.

A Rating System for Apologies?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jayne Lyn Stahl

The only thing more absurd than Woods's completely unnecessary mass media act of self-flagellation may have been watching cable news pundits rate his apology.

Political Haiku: Are We Accomplices Now?

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

"Poor judgment": me, too! I was against torture, but I voted for . . . yoo. Our long national nightmare is still over, right? Nah, doin' jus' fine....

The OPR Report Is Only the Beginning

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The final OPR report is only the beginning. We still don't know who asked Yoo and Bybee to write these memos, what specific instructions they were given or if they were they pressured to reach a particular conclusion.

Torture Has To Be Investigated No Matter What Dick Cheney Calls It

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Dick Cheney may like to call those interrogations "enhanced," but in everyday parlance they're what the DOJ is implicitly acknowledging: tortured.

Remember the OPR Report?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The longer the administration hems and haws and tinkers with the ethics report before releasing it, the more the stain of the past administration's transgressions becomes its own.

Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers In Torture Memo Probe

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For weeks, the right has heckled Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for his plans to try the alleged 9/11 conspirators in New York City and his handling...

Jay Bybee, Torture Memo Author, Creates Fund To Fight Possible Impeachment

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The federal judge who helped draft Justice Department memos on torture has set up a legal defense fund to pay the costs of defending against possible ...

"Golden Shield" Doesn't Cover Condi's Torture Role

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

It was Condoleezza Rice who verbally approved the CIA's request to subject the first alleged al-Qaeda terrorist to waterboarding in July 2002.

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.