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The Five Commandments of Barack Obama

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

In his first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president broadcast for all to hear the five commandments by which life in his new world of national security would be lived. Five years later, the question is: How have he and his administration lived up to these self-proclaimed commandments?

Obama Administration Keeps Report On Secret Terms

Salon | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

Much of what you’ve been told (or seen in movies) about George W. Bush’s supposedly effective torture program is false and overhyped. At least, th...

Joshua Hersh

Bush-Era Torture Program Spanned Over 50 Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. counterterrorism practice known as extraordinary rendition, in which suspects were quietly moved to secret prisons abroad and o...

In President Obama's Second Term, Accountability for Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Curt Goering

President Obama can again show the world that the United States is committed to living up to our standards by thoroughly investigating and making public all reports of torture and cruel treatment and by holding accountable those responsible for the abuse.

An All-American Nightmare

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A widely praised new movie about the assassination of Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, opens with a series of torture scenes. The movie scenes are brutal, yet sanitized.

Why Torture Is Still Wrong

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Kathryn Bigelow's new film, Zero Dark Thirty, has reignited the debate over the role torture should play in U.S. counterterrorism policy. Here's the CliffsNotes answer: none.

Torture Again?! Romney Advisers Say Yes; Religious Communities Say NO

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The NY Times recently reported that some advisers of presidential candidate Mitt Romney urged him to reverse the Obama Administration's ban on the use of torture. I'm writing to urge that we join in calling on Mr. Romney to explicitly and publicly reject that advice.

President Obama and Torture: Where Is the Accountability?

Pamela Merchant | Posted 10.02.2012 | DC
Pamela Merchant

The United States cannot be a safe haven for those who torture -- whether they come from outside our borders or from within.

Max J. Rosenthal

Bush's CIA Director Hoped For 'Aw, Sh*t!' Moment

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2008 campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama railed against the intelligence programs implemented under President George W. Bush and...

McCain Counters Cheney On Calls For Obama Apology

Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

In an appearance Monday on CNN, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appeared to reject a suggestion from former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Li...

Dick And Liz Cheney: Obama Owes Bush Administration An Apology

Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, along with his daughter Liz, praised President Barack Obama Sunday for the drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki...

Deliverance From Torture

Morris Davis | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Morris Davis

It is disappointing to those who believed Obama's election marked the beginning of a reckoning with America's descent into torture. Rather than drawing a bead on impunity, the president has lowered his bow and let it go.

WikiLeaks Raise Question: What Happened To Obama's 'Moral High Ground'?

AP | RAPHAEL G. SATTER and PAISLEY DODDS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — President Barack Obama stepped into the White House pledging to end George W. Bush's gloves-off approach to interrogations and detentio...

Bush's Third Term? You're Living It

David Swanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Swanson

Here's the funny part. This dark fantasy of a third Bush term is also an accurate portrait of Obama's first term to date.

Dan Froomkin

At Best, A Baby Step Toward Justice For Bush's Torturers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When it comes to the Bush torture regime, President Obama famously wants to look forward, not backward. But if the wrong lessons have been learned, th...

True North: In Search of Moral Direction

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Obama's handling of the CIA's report on torture may be the last chance he has to find his way back to Grant Park.

Holding Holder's Feet to the Fire

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

Attorney General Eric Holder is a man on a seat that is hot and getting ever hotter. But we still don't know if the lawyers who wrote the torture memos will be brought to justice.

Gitmo Detainees: Torture Continued During Obama Presidency

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lakhdar Boumediene's own children didn't recognize him when he stepped off the military aircraft, looking gaunt and out of place. His 8-year-old daugh...

George W. Bush Appointees Bucking Obama On Terror Policies

Politico | JOSH GERSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's claims of broad executive authority to carry out the war on terror are drawing fire from an unexpected source: federal judges...

A Chance for Liberals to Break Their Silence

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Silence in the face of the censorship means collaborating in the cover-up of torture.

Confronting the CIA's Mind Maze

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

In retrospect, it may become more apparent that the real aberration of the Bush years lay not in torture policies per se, but in the president's order that the CIA should operate its own torture prisons.

Busted, Pentagon: Why The Photos Probably Do Show Detainees Sodomized and Raped

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

Is systemic sex crime practiced by the US in a consequence of the lawlessness of "the war on terror" surprising to those of us who work on issues of sexual abuse and war? It is totally predictable.

Sam Stein

Petraeus Endorses Obama's Plans To Close GITMO, End Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

General David Petraeus said this past weekend that President Obama's decision to close down Gitmo and end harsh interrogation techniques would benefit...

Land of the Safe and Home of the Cruel

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Obama's National Archives speech was one more by Barack Obama that deferred action. It suggested the comprehension of an enormous wrong which it decided only partly to remedy.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

This week, Barack Obama reiterated that he has "no interest in spending our time re-litigating the policies of the last eight years." He may have no interest, but Dick Cheney certainly does. And he's got nothing but time on his hands. Which means we will keep re-litigating those policies until we get to the bottom of things. But Obama and his administration needn't spend even a second of their time on this. Leave that to a bipartisan Truth Commission. Look at how much we found out this month, including the fact that waterboarding was used in an attempt to extract backup for Cheney's fantasy of an Iraq/al Qaeda connection, and imagine what revelations subpoena power would bring. Without a full accounting of the Bush administration's use of torture, there will never be closure. Only endless re-litigation.