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Obama Torture Prosecutions

Getting Away With Murder

Andrea Prasow | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Andrea Prasow

In the years since the executive order was signed, tolerance for torture seems resurgent. What happened in those intervening years? Actually, what didn't happen is what matters.

The Persecution of John Kiriakou

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Here is what military briefers like to call BLUF, the Bottom Line Up Front: no one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America's torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn't torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it.

How Do We Justify Indicting Roger Clemens For Lying But Not Indicting Those Persons Who Authorized and Directed Torture?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Isn't it ironic that Roger Clemons is indicted for lying to Congress about steroid use, while those who authorized and directed the use of torture remain uncharged and unpunished?

Liz Cheney Wants You to Be Afraid

Sharon Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sharon Kelly

You may have heard that Liz Cheney's group - Keep America Safe -- decided to respond to the State of the Union address by producing an ad that outrage...

When to Hunt for Witches

Stephen Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Baldwin

Why, after his boss, President Obama, has publicly expressed a position to the contrary, would Attorney General Eric Holder continue on a rogue course of "seeking truth"?

Torturing the Rule of Law

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Our nation continues to undermine international law by sweeping torture under the rug, with serious implications going forward.

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.

The Phony Debate About Torture

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Holtzman

Torture can never be used because our Constitution bans it. There are no exceptions -- not for heinous crimes or ticking bombs.

Who's The Jack Murtha For Torture Investigations?

Josh Orton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Orton

Whose call for a special prosecutor would get the political media's (and the White House's) attention?

Why Obama Must Truly Hate Bush

Steve Benen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Benen

It's a real shame Bush and Cheney screwed up so spectacularly, and ignored the law so systematically, that it's interfering with Obama's desire to govern. But Obama signed up for this gig.

Bush Ringleaders Could Face Citizen Arrests for Torture

Jeff Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Norman

In California, a citizen may make an arrest for a felony -- even if he or she didn't witness it.

Obama to Offer Blindfolds and Ear Plugs to All Americans

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

Until we take off our blindfolds, until we truly hold accountable those who authorized these heinous acts, we will continue to endanger not only ourselves, but our troops.

Cheney: I'm Defending "Little Guys" Against Torture Investigations

The Huffington Post | Megan Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is speaking out against possible investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the harsh interrogation tech...

The Cheney Torture Tour: What's the Deal?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

If Cheney's re-fighting an internal argument he lost four years ago, what's the point? Three words: "don't prosecute me."

Our Obligation to Investigate

Sen. Robert Byrd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Robert Byrd

Spain and the United Kingdom have already initiated investigations of Bush administration officials over torture -- to continue to ignore the mounting evidence of clear wrongdoing is a national humiliation.

Schakowsky Seeks Public Torture Hearings In House Intelligence Committee

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee wants to hold public hearings on the torture of detainees....

Accountability...and Its Opposite

Elizabeth Goitein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Goitein

Obama has concluded that there are some subjects that we just don't get to know about -- which means there are some areas where the government may break the law with impunity.

Obama Pressured To Prosecute Torture

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tension is building behind the scenes among Barack Obama's advisers over whether the new administration should investigate allegations of torture and ...

Obama Advisers: Torture Prosecutions Not Likely

AP | LARA JAKES JORDAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's incoming administration is unlikely to bring criminal charges against government officials who authorized or engaged...