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What Obama Is Still Missing in the Debate on Torture

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

President Obama's condemnation of torture during a White House press conference last Friday was welcome news for longtime critics of the U.S.' policy of torturing detainees in the immediate post-9/11 years.

Obama Calls It 'Torture,' But The Media Still Won't

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.02.2014 | Media

Even President Obama's blunt declaration on Friday that the United States "tortured some folks" in the years after the 9/11 attacks was not enough to ...

REPORT: CIA's Harsh, Bush-Era Torture Was Unnecessary

Reuters | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee report will conclude that the CIA's use of harsh interrogation...

Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. We're not only living in a post-9/11 world, we're stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

The Five Commandments of Barack Obama

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 04.29.2014 | 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.

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.

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...

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.