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Obama's Meaningless War

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Meaningless is the right term for the Afghanistan war, because our bloody attempt to conquer this foreign land has nothing to do with its stated purpose of enhancing our national security.

CIA To Release Torture Docs Cheney Requested

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This had been expected, and I've confirmed it: The CIA today will release the two documents Dick Cheney requested this spring that he claims will prov...

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 9/11 Mastermind: HIs Days In N.C. ‘Helped Propel Him To Terrorism'

WSJ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known inside the government as KSM, is the archetype of the evil genius, the man whose imagination gave birth to the twisted d...

Predictable Chaos as Guantanamo Trials Resume

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

With no visible progress this was another dismal outing for the Commissions, and another warning for the Obama administration that any kind of revival of the wretched trial system will remain fraught with insoluble problems.

Release of the "Holy Grail" of Torture Reports Delayed Again

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Today was supposed to be the day that the Justice Department -- after two delays -- released an unclassified version of the CIA Inspector General's 2004 Report into the interrogations of "high-value detainees."

Empty Evidence: The Stories of the Saudis Released From Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Khalid Saad Mohammed seized from a hospital in Pakistan and sold to the U.S. military. But the authorities in GITMO had never managed to build up a credible case against him.

Cheney, the CIA and Torture: Asking the Wrong Questions

Eric L. Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric L. Lewis

Cheney wants to take what is a stark legal and moral issue and turn it into yet another Washington "some argue this; some argue that" controversy, a clever bureaucratic maneuver.

Sam Stein

KSM Questioned About al Qaeda-Iraq Ties During Waterboarding | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Some of the first questions asked of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed upon his capture and during the time during which he was waterboarded were about possible ...

Khalid Sheik Mohammed: "I Gave A Lot Of False Information" To Make Torture Stop

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

The Bush torture memos pale in comparison to the leaked report issued by the Red Cross following two rounds of private interviews with the 14 "high value detainees" held at Guantanamo Bay.

Even For Cheney, The Al Qaeda-Iraq Torture Story Is A New Low

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Coercive and illegal techniques were used widely at Gitmo in an attempt to secure information linking al Qaeda to Saddam Hussein.

Justifications for Torture: You've Heard the Rest, Now Here's the Best

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

The obsessive pursuit of information has traditionally been the mark of a regime that rules by force and sees enemies at every turn.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

Mark it down. The bar has been set. We now have the test by which we judge all actions taken by the leaders of America: Is it worse than burning 120,000 people to death? Call it the Buchanan Hiroshima-Nagasaki Standard. Appearing on Hardball this week to defend the Bush administration's use of torture, Pat Buchanan tried to offer a little perspective: "Is waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a worse thing than dropping two atomic bombs on people and burning 120,000 people to death? Sending 40,000 more to death by radiation?" I guess he preferred that WWII reference to the one from Paul Begala about us executing Japanese soldiers who waterboarded American POWs. Elsewhere on the torture front, Sean Hannity offered to be waterboarded for charity. A little like one of those charity auctions where celebrities agree to have lunch with the highest bidder. Only with a suffocation appetizer.

Cheney Kept File Marked 'Detainees'

Marlene H. Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marlene H. Phillips

Dick Cheney wants a few reports released. The former Vice President, a man so secretive that while serving as Vice President he had his home remove...

Hannity Wants to Be the Face of US Torture

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

You wouldn't necessarily think that the right wing would want to distinguish itself by its enthusiasm for torture, but that's clearly the message Sean Hannity is gleefully sending.

What if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Had Died?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

I know what conservatives are screaming into their computers: "But he didn't die! None of them died. So, your question is an absurd hypothetical." In fact, many of them did die.

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.

Don't Prosecute -- and Scapegoat -- Torture Operatives; Go for the Top

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

Should we prosecute the agents who committed the torture? We should not. As a longtime advocate for prosecutions, that may sound surprising coming from me.

Waterboarding Leads to this Tortured Blog Post!

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

When thinking about the Bush administration-sanctioned use of this brute force, I wondered how the torture guys decided on the 183 figure. Was it some kind of homage to Hank Greenberg driving in 183 runs in 1937?

What Would You Not Do to Stop a Nuke?

Lionel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

What if torture, some torture, some despicable form, actually worked? Actually produced usable confessions and saved lives?

Feds Ignore Jet Crashes at Operating Reactors

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

As you read this, jets hitting any of the nuclear reactors operating in the U.S. right now could kill untold thousands of us and render entire regions of our nation permanently uninhabitable.

Who's Running Guantanamo?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

On January 20, the answer to that question seemed obvious. However, on January 29, the Commissions' recently appointed chief judge provided the first challenge to the president's plans.

Chaos and Lies: Why Obama Was Right To Halt The Guantanamo Trials

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

In one of his first acts as president, Obama ordered prosecutors in Guantanamo's Military Commission trials to ask for a four-month stay on all proceedings.

Gitmo War Court: Two Accused Of Orchestrating 9/11 Attacks Offer Confessions

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Two alleged orchestrators of the 2001 attacks on America casually declared their guilt on Monday in a messy an...

Closing Gitmo Requires Tough Judgments On Inmates

AP | ANDREW O. SELSKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — President-elect Barack Obama's planned review of Guantanamo Bay prisoners, a prelude to closing the detention center, mu...

The Dying Days of the Guantanamo Trials

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

The Military Commissions to try Guantanamo detainees have rarely grabbed the media attention that a novel, flagship program to try "terror suspects" should have attracted.